Fair trial most litigated human right: CJP

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that no society can survive without justice as it is the greatest interest of man on earth.

Addressing an international convention titled ” Fair Trial, Prospects and Implementation” organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association here on Saturday at a local hotel, he said that since time immemorial efforts had been made to protect rights of human beings through different codes but the purpose was the same — the administration of justice and protection of rights of people.

He said the right to fair trial was one of important human rights which had been recognised by all countries of the world. He said the right to fair trial was inserted as a fundamental right in the form of Article 10 A through the 18th Amendment Act, 2010 in the Constitution. “However, there is a long list of judgments wherein the right had already been recognized by our superior courts” he added.

The CJP said the National Judicial Policy was formulated to improve the system of administration of justice. He said that certain necessary and indispensable measures were adopted through the policy to cut short delays, for expeditious disposal of criminal cases and to ensure fair trial to accused persons.

He said that although the right to fair trial was recognised by all law respecting countries, yet it was also one of the most litigated human rights as well. “I am sure that by ensuring the proper implementation of this right we can ensure the right of access to justice to all”, he added.

Apex Court judges, Chief Justice Supreme Court Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Lahore High Court chief justice, LHC judges, senior lawyers and law officers attended the convention besides foreign delegations.