Online Judicial System will be Introduced Soon During Lockdown

Speakers of the virtual conference on Thursday underlined the need to use IT to create an online justice system so that the prevailing circumstances would bring about justice.

According to a press release, the online conference organized jointly by the University of Punjab and the Legal Research and Advocacy Institute (ILRA) was held on Thursday.

Senior Vice-President Supreme Court Bar Association Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza advocate, Punjab Judicial Academy Trainer and veteran lawyer Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri, PU Law College’s Prof Dr Amanullah Malik, ILRA Chairman Syed Shahbaz Bukhari advocate, a large number of lawyers and people from various walks of life participated in the conference.

Addressing the conference, Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza advocate said e-filing of court cases and presenting arguments through a video link was possible and such practice also existed in Supreme Court in some selected cases.

He said; however, under the prevailing situation of lockdown, this system should be implemented in all courts as “justice delayed is justice denied”. He said an online judicial system could be introduced and implemented by taking all stakeholders into confidence.

Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri advocate said people were facing problems of very serious nature in court cases due to lockdown. He said the real problem was that we had all the resources to resolve such problems with the help of technology but we were not getting a benefit of information technology.

He said through minor amendments to rules, the online judicial system could be introduced and implemented and it was the call of the time.

ILRA Chairman Syed Shahbaz Bukhari said the resources to make the judicial system online were available and there was a need to take appropriate measures in this regard. He said ILRA would provide free training to judicial officers, lawyers and other related staff for introducing an online judicial system.

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