Islamabad. November 24 (APP): The judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, has referred to the implementation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism to help reduce the backlog of cases in the judiciary. Chaired the first meeting of the committee which has been formed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Atta Bandial on the initiative of the Secretariat of the Law and Justice Commission to ensure concerted efforts to implement ADR at the national level.
Other members of the committee include Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf, Judge Lahore High Court Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf, Judge High Court of Sindh Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry, Justice Balochistan High Court Muhammad Hashim Khan Kakar, Judge Peshawar High Court Justice Abdul Shakur and Judge Islamabad High Court Justice. Babar Sattar is included. Federal and Provincial Law Secretary and Additional Secretary Home Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also participated in the meeting.
The committee deliberated on the legal framework for the ADR system in Pakistan and reviewed the progress made by all the provinces and ICT. The head of the committee, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, sought to bring uniformity in the legal framework prevailing across the country. It emphasized the need for ADR centers, certification of ADR service providers, data collection mechanism for monitoring.
He emphasized on the efficiency of these centers and the need to provide special training to prospective mediators. He also emphasized on the necessary steps to increase public awareness regarding the availability of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms at all levels to provide a cheap and effective forum for dispute resolution.
The committee chairman added that all stakeholders should be taken into confidence to ensure successful and effective implementation of the ADR mechanism on a speedy basis. In this context, the participants agreed on the benchmarks and milestones suggested by the Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan.
He directed all the participants to inform about the progress in this regard within three weeks.