Reforms needed to empower NAB: Farogh

Proposed amendments in civil law will expedite the pending cases and improve efficiency of the judicial system.

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Minister for Law and Justice Mohammad Farogh Naseem Friday said there is dire need of holistic reforms in the accountability law to empower the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The government would not introduce any amendment that may hamper the graft watchdog’s action against the corrupt elements, he added.

Responding to a question during a press briefing the minister said the draft regarding the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) law has been completed, which was pending for last nine years; now it will be sent to Ministry of Interior, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the NAB.

Farogh said that the meeting on the MLA draft would be held during next week and then the Ministry of Law and Justice will be in a position to decide whether to table the bill in the parliament or to send for ordinance.

The minister announced to introduce amendments in civil law to speed up the pace of pending cases to improve the efficiency of the judicial system.

A mechanism in three phases needed to monitor civil cases for early disposition.

Giving details, the minister said in first track main cases will be heard, in second track other matters pertaining to stay orders, receivership would be address and in the final stage evidences would be recorded.

Farogh Naseem said that a panel of reputed lawyers would be constituted to collect evidences that could save time of the court. “We need active contribution of lawyers from across the country,” he added.

The minister said the whole procedure from filing of a civil case to giving defence should be done within 75 days. The issue could be framed within 30 days and 15 to 20 days would be given for witnesses and evidences.

To save the time of the court, he said the commission will record mandatory evidence and it will be recorded within 90 days and soon after the judgment implementation should be taken place without wasting a time.

Giving reference of the Supreme Court, the minister said that if any judgment was reserved then it should be announced within three months and after the judgment it was not necessary to made decree.

Farogh said that two appeals are available against the decision of civil judge after the trial one is in the High Court and the other in the Supreme Court. “If we will streamline all these things then one trial will be completed with 12 to 13 months,” he said.

 To a question, the minister hoped that Sindh government will also review these amendments as Advocate-General Sindh also agreed and it was up-to the provincial assembly to take it up.

 

It was revolutionary type of change that the civil litigation if it will done within two years and there is no delay and all the system of administration of justice will engage, he added.

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