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District judiciary has important role in social change – says IHC Chief Justice

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ISLAMABAD, (TLTP) : Emphasizing the role of subordinate courts in social change on Saturday Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Athar Minallah said District and Sessions Court Judges are important leaders of judicial system because district judiciary is an important tier of the administration of justice system.

He expressed these views while distributing certificates among 25 heads of the district judiciary who participated in a six-day training course on “Leadership and Management” for District and Sessions Judges here at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA). As many as 25 heads of the district judiciary from all over Pakistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir participated in the course.

Addressing to the participants, Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that leadership and management training is vital for promoting and ensuring Rule of Law in the country saying, “It is essential to be an effective leader so as to make an impact within your organization”.

He further said that a single good leader can create an endless chain of social changes, adding first of all, a good leader always puts his or her house in order.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah maintained that important leadership qualities of good leaders include: honesty, integrity, inspiring others, good communicator, decision-making capabilities saying for all type of leaders whether they belong to politics, judiciary, sports or any other discipline, attributes of good leadership are the same.

Emphasizing the importance of honesty he said it has the trickle-down effect, adding that the District and Sessions Judges as leaders must put in practice their leadership attributes to reform the district judiciary and ameliorate the plight of the litigant public who are the key stakeholders of the administration of justice system.

Lamenting the growing nepotism in our society, he stated that, “The menace of nepotism has become a way of life in our society. As leaders, District and Sessions Court Judges must play the desired role to combat nepotism which has permeated into the very fabric of society.”

Throughout the training, a wealth of knowledge and experience were shared between the participants and erudite resource persons, subject specialists, coupled with faculty members.

The training course was carried out through syndicate discussions, command tasks, presentations and conducted in a participatory process. During the training, participants obtained an in-depth understanding of leadership and management for effective administration of justice system.

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