ISLAMABAD (APP) - A two-day meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC) here on Sunday supported the proposal of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to declare the year 2009 as the Year for Justice for All with Focus on Justice at the Grassroots Level. The two-day meeting was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman NJPMC. The meeting was attended by Mr Justice Haziqui Khairi, Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court; Mr Justice Tariq Parvez Khan, Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court; Mr Justice Amanullah Khan, Chief Justice, High Court of Balochistan; Mr Justice Anwar Zaheer Jarnali, Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh; Mr Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, Chief Justice Lahore High Court and Dr Faqir Hussain, Secretary, National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee. The NJPMC considered various issues concerning the administration of justice and resolved unanimously that the principle of independence of judiciary, impartiality and its separation from the executive must be fully adhered to. In this regard the Committee decided that in future no Chief Justice or a judge of superior court shall accept appointment as Acting Governor of the province, in the same way they will not accept appointment of any other public office in Federal/Provincial Government. The Committee noted with concern the trend of retired judges of the superior courts accepting appointment to various offices which is below the status of a judge. The Committee said that the Government should also restrain itself from making such offer and present incumbents should reconsider their position which they are holding currently. The Committee said that the provision of the Constitution should be strictly followed which says; a former judge of Supreme Court or a High Court should not hold the office of profit in the service of Pakistan, not being judicial or quasi judicial office of the Chief Election Commissioner or of a Chairman or Member of the Law Commission or of Chairman or Member of Council of Islamic Ideology before the expiry of 2 years after his retirement. Therefore, no retired judge of the superior court shall accept an appointment of an ex-cadre post which is lower than his status including Banking Court, Custom Court, Central Court, Administrative Tribunal and Federal/Provincial Service Tribunals etc. The Committee recommended that the Government may relieve such judges and the judges should also consider resigning from their post. The Committee observed that this will be a safeguard against judges of the superior courts as well as subordinate courts from being induced/influenced for appointment to such posts. The Committee further recommended that the trend of retired judicial officers being appointed to special courts be also discouraged and as per the requirement of principle of independence of judiciary, qualified serving judges should be appointed to those posts, in consultation with the Chief Justice of High Court. The Committee added that the independence of the judiciary and its separation from the executive and maintaining impartiality is a mandate of the Constitution, which shall be fully enforced. The Committee also took notice of increasing complaints of corruption amongst the judicial officers and court staff and supported the policy of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to show zero tolerance for corruption. It was resolved that the High Court will improve the present mechanism/procedure for initiating disciplinary proceedings against corrupt/inefficient judicial officers and said that the matter preferably should be taken up to the Chief Justice of the High Court in his own hand for prompt action against the corrupt/inefficient judges/court staff. In this regard the Committee requested the members of the bar and general public to submit credible evidence against such judges for prompt action. In this respect a cell to be called Cell for Eradication of Corruption from Judiciary under the supervision of the Registrar of the respective High Court shall be established. Complaints with credible evidence be forwarded to such cell and a copy thereof should be forwarded to the Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Committee supported the proposal of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to declare the year 2009 as the Year for Justice for All with Focus on Justice at the Grassroots Level. In this regard the Committee agreed to prepare a comprehensive strategy and scheme for clearance of backlog and expeditious trial proceedings. A comprehensive strategy is being formulated which will be announced soon. It was further resolved that certain cases should be handled on fast track for quick disposal which may include, bail matters, stay matters, writ petitions, revision, family cases, rent cases, cases of juvenile offenders etc. The NJPMC also held a special session which was attended by the representatives of the bar including President, Supreme Court Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, Vice Chairmen of the four provincial Bar Councils and Presidents of the High Court Bar Associations. The participants agreed with the proposals of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to ensure that the Bench and the Bar will work in unison. The representatives of the bar agreed that they will persist their principles not to seek unnecessary adjournment and would cooperate with the judiciary in the quick dispensation of justice and eradication of corruption from the judiciary. It was resolved that interaction between the Bench and the Bar will continue in the future and High Courts as well as District Courts will also convene special meetings with the representative of the Bar to evolve strategy for clearance of the backlog and expedite disposal of cases.