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Message from District and Sessions Judge

Martin Bangeman a German politician who was the Commissioner for Industrial affairs, Information & Telecommunications Technologies in the Santer Commission from 1995 to 1999 led a "high-level group" that drew up the report "Europe and the Global Information Society" where had stated,

“Throughout the world, information and communication technologies are generating a new industrial revolution already as significant and far-reaching as those of the past. It is a revolution, itself the expression of human knowledge. Technological progress now enables us to process, store, retrieve and communicate information in whatever form it may take, unconstrained by distance, time and volume. This revolution adds huge new capacities to human intelligence and constitutes a resource which changes the way we work together.”

The information age is revolving around the advances so far made in Telecommunications and Information technology. These consist of hardware, software, and media for collection, storage, processing, transmission, and presentation of information. Of what relevance is this revolution to a judicial system? If the way people work, live, and play is changing this would no doubt affect the administration of justice as it is part of this changing world. The Judiciary ought to take advantage of the new developments that may enhance the delivery of its own services. How does IT then enable the Courts to be modern that is efficient, effective and equitable? IT can be a useful tool in the following areas: (1) text creation, storage and retrieval (2) Improved Access to the Law (3) Recording of Court Proceedings (4) Case Management and producing data for administrative purposes (5) Continuing Education Apart from the hearing function, judges have to produce written judgements, rulings, and reasons for the decisions that they continuously make. After the advent of the typewriter, the judge often wrote decisions in long hand, and the secretaries or typists would then type the same out in typescript. It is now possible for the judge to type out the decision directly on the computer. And there are many reasons now why the judge should be familiar with word processing skills. A judge is able to produce a decision much faster that way. And because of the ability to manipulate different documents through copy, cut and or paste, or working from templates, or using micros, it is now much easier to produce a document with the information you want included into to. On the same computer or other storage medium, it is possible to store the document, and retrieve it very fast, call up other documents, without having to move from your work station. In the result judgements, decisions and or rulings can be produced much faster in final form for release to the parties. Simultaneously the said decisions, judgements or rulings can go into a court system database to which judges and other people may have access should they need to use the same for whatever purpose. IT definitely makes production and release of decisions much more efficient than was previously the case. Having a Website for the District Judiciary of Federal Capital of Pakistan (Islamabad) was need of the hour. Moving here and there for hours and even for days to get petty information was a reality therefore this official website is with an aim to ensure quick communication of relevant information and Courts judgments/orders etc. to every one with a click on computer by sitting wherever he/she is. Any suggestion for up-gradation of this website shall be highly appreciated.

Sohail Nasir
District and Sessions Judge (West)