Mobile court to be set up in Chitral

PESHAWAR, Oct 18: Peshawar High Court will establish mobile courts first in Peshawar, Bannu, Chitral, Malakand and Abbottabad and later in other parts of the province after introduction of the necessary laws, the Justice Coordination Group was told here on Thursday. The group met at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy under the auspices of UNDP. Participants, including representatives of the Dutch embassy, discussed the idea of the establishment of mobile courts in the province, a brainchild of Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan. They supported the idea, saying its execution will ensure dispensation of speedy and inexpensive justice to litigants on their doorstep. Mr Qaiser Rahim, in charge of the PHC planning and development wing, informed participants about the functioning of the proposed mobile courts and said a draft law had already been submitted to the relevant government departments for action. Chief technical specialist of the ‘Rule of Law Project’ Sharmeela Rasool said UNDP would fully support the project and facilitate the smooth functioning of mobile courts. Soon after appointment as the PHC chief justice in Nov 2011, Justice Dost Mohammad had announced that there were several things on his priority list and the establishment of mobile courts was one of them. Of late, the high court prepared drafts of Criminal Mobile Courts Act, 2012, and Civil Mobile Courts Act, 2012 and sent them to the provincial law department for legislation in the assembly. According to the drafts, the proposed laws will initially be extended to such areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the government in consultation with the high court’s chief justice notifies from time to time. They suggest that the government in consultation with the high court may establish one or more mobile courts in each district of the province or at any such other place or places as it may deem necessary. Such courts will hold sittings at town/union councils/police stations or other places specified by the high court on rotation basis as may be directed by the district judge, according to them. The proposed laws also provide for alternate dispute resolution (ADR), saying subject to law, the court may resort to any mode of ADR as deemed fit in the circumstances of the case.]]>

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