In a significant move towards enhancing dispute resolution mechanisms, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Aamer Farooq and Justice Ijazul Ahsan inaugurated the newly established court-annexed ‘Mediation Centre’ in the federal capital today.
Inauguration Ceremony of Mediation Centre
The inauguration ceremony saw Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and other esteemed judges exploring the facilities and functions of the recently launched Mediation Centre.
Speaking at the event, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq conveyed that the Mediation Centre would see civil judges taking on mediation responsibilities, emphasizing that a notable two out of every ten cases were already being successfully resolved through mediation. He expressed optimism about extending the mediation process to criminal cases in the future, stating, “We will promote a mediatory system in the coming years.”
Justice Ishaq’s sentiments were echoed by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, who highlighted that three million cases had been successfully resolved through mediation in similar centers. He suggested that the establishment of more mediation centers in Islamabad could significantly contribute to the swift resolution of various disputes.
During the inauguration, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani provided insight into the current caseload of the Islamabad High Court, revealing that approximately 18,600 cases were currently under trial. Acknowledging the time-consuming nature of resolving these cases, he stressed the importance of mediation in expediting the process.
Notably, Justice Kayani commended the legal fraternity for effectively reducing the number of tenancy cases through mediation facilitated by the chamber of commerce. This successful precedent further underlines the potential impact of mediation in alleviating the burden on the judicial system.
The introduction of the Mediation Centre in the Islamabad High Court marks a proactive step towards fostering alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, reflecting a commitment to streamlining legal proceedings and ensuring timely justice delivery. As the judiciary sets its sights on expanding the mediatory system, the center is poised to play a pivotal role in promoting efficiency and reducing the backlog of cases.