Improving the Provision of Justice in Pakistan (P-2)

Improving the Provision of Justice in Pakistan (P-2)

Publication details

  • Tuesday | 05 Jan, 1993
  • Tariq Banuri
  • Policy Briefs/Papers
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Executive Summary

  1. This is a proposal for organisational reform aimed at providing swift and inexpensive justice to the population. Unlike many earlier proposals, it seeks not to create a parallel judicial system, but to begin the long process of overhauling the existing mainstream system at the lower level.
  2. With the above intention, the proposal focuses on four problems and their solutions, the four I's. The problem of motivation through the provision of appropriate Incentives; the problem of accountability through internal and external Institutions of monitoring and supervision; the problem of efficiency through upgrading and strengthening the Infrastructure of the system; and the problem of decision making through the provision of Information and training.
  3. The recommendations emerging from the proposal are placed below. Briefly, the argument is for a phased approach to the overhaul of the system, beginning with pilot districts or regions. It advocates the establishment of a special judicial group to be selected on the basis of a rigorous system of examinations, from judicial officers, executive officers, as well as outsiders. The selectees should be provided proper training, and provided attractive salaries and benefits, and modern work conditions and support infrastructure. A number of improvements in procedures and arrangements are also recommended with the longer run objectives in mind.