Islamabad - The judges get handsome salaries and enjoy other perks and privilege to provide inexpensive and expeditious justice to litigants, said Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

The Supreme Court judge was presiding over the certificate awarding ceremony at the conclusion of a one-week training on “How to be an Effective Senior Civil Judge” here at the Federal Judicial Academy.

Justice Qazi said that appropriate physical infrastructure is very important for the proper functioning of the courts but those who come to the courts daily i.e. litigants, lawyers are part and parcel of the justice system; therefore, they also deserve proper infrastructure.

He said that the judges need to be highly sympathetic and sensitive towards litigants and the justice seekers should not feel unhappy, dejected and disgraced. They also deserve basic needs such as sitting benches, neat and clean public toilets and trees to heave a sigh of relief under them. Justice Qazi said that the judges should come out of their chambers and physically inspect the situation, problems being faced by the litigants in and around the courts. “Whatever resources are available, we should use them honestly, not prodigally.”

Advising the trainees, he said, “A judge should always judge himself, not others. Every day is a very taxing day and everything is for learning i.e. learning experience. Questions are the source of knowledge and judges should never feel shy to ask any question. A judge’s words and deeds must reflect his sensitivity. A judge should always keep in his mind that Aql (intellect), Zubaan (tongue) and qalam (pen) are more powerful than weapons; therefore, use them cautiously, carefully and judiciously. Use modern tools and make advocates work to dispense inexpensive and expeditious justice to the litigants.” Responding to the questions, the judge said, “There is no half of knowledge. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. A judge should always bear this noble wisdom in mind to handle the situation.”

Earlier, Fakhar Hayat, Director General of the Academy presented his welcome speech and an overview of the training course and also referred to the importance of a two-day workshop arranged for sensitisation of judges to religious minorities’ rights, gender and women rights in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society, Karachi. In the end, the chief guest distributed certificates among trainee judges in the ceremony.