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'Delayed justice'.

Byline: Dr K. M. Larik - Karachi

I FULLY endorse the views expressed by S.R. Jeffrey in his letter 'Delayed justice' (June 15).

Unavoidable delays characterise our justice system. No one involved in the system finds the shocking because that is the way it is!

During the raj, there was no air-conditioning system and as such there were long hand-fans fixed to the ceiling and an orderly was assigned the task of handling such fans in offices. Hence there was a need for a vacation for the judges to ward of the sizzling heat of summer.

Now that the air-conditioning system is here, there is no point in continuing this legacy of the raj of sending judges on a vacation in the wake of backlog of thousands of cases.

The judges get all kinds of leaves - like casual, sick, earned etc - like other civil servants, and as such, a vacation is meaningless. If so, then civil servants should also have a claim to it! Because of these vacation, the courts don't function for 167 working days. This is not justifiable in the wake of innumerable pending cases.

My case has been pending with the high court since 2002 and it has been lingering on. Although I am 78, and my file should move every fortnight for hearing, but it does not for one reason or another.

The first advocate I engaged died of a heart problem, and his assistant whom I engaged also has a heart problem. I had an open heart surgery 10 years back and I don't expect the verdict from the court in my lifetime unless I am blessed with 500 years.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 21, 2019
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