ISLAMABAD - The federal government is all set to present draft of legal reforms for parliament’s approval expecting speedy justice and improvement in the efficiency of the judicial system as well. According to the agenda of the PTI led government to introduce the judicial reforms and ensure justice-based social system, the government has completed necessary preparations and is in contact with different coalition partners to ensure their support in getting the the proposed legal reforms approved from Parliament.
This legal reforms agenda included two amendment bills and five new pieces of legislation, APP has learnt. The sources said that these legislative proposals would be considered by the federal cabinet soon following which these would be presented in the Parliament for approval. The drafted bills, the source said included the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill; the Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill; the Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Bill; the Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill; the Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill; the Legal Aid and Justice Authority Bill and the Criminal Law Reforms Bill. A concept of two tier system has been introduced for speedy conclusion of the trials in the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill. The Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill aims at redressal of grievances of the Civil Servants and reduce the workload on the High Courts.
The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Bill has the purpose to ensure issuance of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates to the legal heirs of the deceased within 15 days of death, with the help of NADRA. The Whistle Blower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill aims to give incentive and protection to the whistle-blowers in order to give momentum to the anti-corruption drive in the country. The Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill would give the women right to file complaints with Women Ombudsperson in case they are illegally deprived of ownership or possession of their properties. The Legal Aid and Justice Authority Bill aims to promote access to justice by providing affordable, accessible and credible legal aid, financial and other services to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society in criminal cases. The Criminal Law Reforms Bill suggests to make amendments in Pakistan Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure to ensure speedy and expeditious justice. The source said that similar legislation would be introduced in assemblies of the other four provinces and the present proposals are for Islamabad Capital Territory. He said that political parties sitting on the government benches in the Parliament are in contact for legislation to introduce judicial reforms to root out the menace of corruption from government institutions and to ensure justice-based social system.