The federal law ministry has finalized a comprehensive plan to set up 120 new accountability courts for the provision of speedy justice to common people.
The government will establish new courts according to the directives given by the Supreme court. Further, the plan is ready to present before the Prime Minister who will consider all aspects of this case and probably will approve it.
Accountability Courts for Speedy Justice:
Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem proposed the new plan. It includes the overall human resource needs and financial suggestions for establishing additional accountability courts across the country.
Presently, there are 24 running courts across the country. These courts are operational in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Hyderabad, and Sukkur.
Earlier on July 7, the Supreme court had directed the Secretary Law to set up more courts. The purpose of the new courts is to resolve all the pending cases. Also, the newly established courts will help the current operational courts to solve the case at the fastest possible pace.
Moreover, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) directed while hearing a case concerning to detain in the Court trial of cases as well as Suo Motu review petition on-court direction passed in cases regarding grant of bail to co-accused.
However, the Cheif Justice was observing the hearing in light of the National Accountability Ordinance Act 1999. The Act asks for deciding corruption matters within 30 days.
Likewise, Secretary Law had proposed a report before the court, expressing that a sum of Rs2.86 billion per annum would be needed for the formation of 120 Accountability Courts.
It was already submitted that expenditure for the establishment of a new Accountability court is Rs23.87 million per annum. Therefore, a sum of Rs2.86 billion per annum would be required for the establishment of 120 new Accountability Courts.
According to the Constitution of Pakistan:
According to the 1973 constitution of Pakistan, there is space available for such courts.
Article 175 of the Constitution deals with the judicature and provides that there shall be a Supreme Court of Pakistan. Following a High Court for each province and the ICT, and such courts that may be established by law division.
Furthermore, by a Presidential Order No.1 of 1980, Chapter 3A was added to the Constitution by which the Federal Shariat Court was constituted.