A Long March to Justice: A Report on Judicial Independence and Integrity in Pakistan
International Bar Association, Human Rights Institute, 2009
124 Pages Posted: 26 May 2010
Date Written: September 2009
This Report examines debates and reform proposals on the independence of the judiciary in Pakistan.in response to the events surrounding the removal and later reinstatement of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The Report does not limit itself to these events, but looks more broadly at concerns relating to the independence and the integrity of the judiciary in Pakistan. Also of concern were the reactions of the judiciary and lawyers to these events, the government response to them, and the legacy of the state of emergency on constitutional provisions relating to fundamental rights. In addition, systemic issues such as the process of appointment and removal of judges, the accountability of the judiciary, shortcomings in court infrastructure, tenure provisions, the training of the legal profession, the Islamisation of the legal system, and endemic corruption within the judicial system are considered.
Keywords: Pakistan; Independence of the Judiciary, Lawyers' Movement, Rule of Law, Judicial Reform, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
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