People filing frivolous cases should be fined: AG

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KARACHI: Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor has flagged the need for some amendments in procedural laws, urging that people filing frivolous cases should be fined

“Every day there are 50 to 60 cases which is not possible for a judge to examine. The issue is not with the working of judges, lawyers or litigants but it is of the shortage of judges. We are constantly increasing the burden on judges,” the attorney general said at a.local hotel on Saturday night.

He urged that there should be fine on people filing frivolous cases as were in practice in the United States of America to discourage this practice.

He was speaking at the fourth National Judicial Conference organized by the Justice Helpline, a non-government organization working to uphold rule of law and create legal awareness among masses here at a local hotel on Saturday night.

Such conferences are very helpful in spreading knowledge about legal issues and making the bond stronger between bench and bar, he concluded.

President of Justice Helpline, Nadeem Shaikh Advocate, said in his welcome address that such conferences are aimed to build capacity of young lawyers by creating awareness of law not only in the general public but among them as well.

Justice Retd. Shahab Sarki advised fellow lawyers to first examine case evidence and documents and do not accept frivolous cases. They should inform litigants clearly about their case worth. We should discourage frivolous cases which will also improve the image of the legal fraternity, he underlined.

“Few lawyers are very expert in adjournments but those too should be discouraged. There must be some fine on first adjournment, higher fine on second adjournment and a heavy fine on another adjournment. It is witnessed that around 50 percent of cases are found based on fake documents and evidence in which lawyers are also involved”, he noted

Justice Retd. Shahab Sarki appreciating video link technology usage by the Supreme Court of Pakistan suggested introducing this in high courts as well.

Senior Puisne Judge of Sindh High Court, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan said the law nowadays is not confined to some basic structures of law only but has now enlarged itself to a number of facets which are quite technical and cumbersome as apart from having sound knowledge on various other laws also.

“Gone are the days when only two or three major laws were in vogue and being in practice. Now there exist more than 300 laws in the country,” he added.

Dr. Muhammad Raheem Awan, Federal Secretary Law & Justice Commission apprised the gathering that under his commission, they are introducing artificial intelligence and automation technology in legal institutions. “We will interlink all institutions of criminal justice system including police, prisons, prosecution, and courts”, he added.