Independence of the Judiciary in Pakistan

Samia Maqbool Niazi

Abstract


Independence of the judiciary is a very old topic, and so much has been written on it that one barely finds anything that is new. At the same time, it is a remarkable topic that changes shape and colour in every passing age. The change in the topic depends on the problems that the judiciary is facing. Thus, for example, the Center for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers of the International Commission of Jurists has the following to say:

The judiciary finds itself under huge pressure in many countries, especially where there are political and/or constitutional crises, armed conflicts or post-conflict instability. The judiciary is also vulnerable where democracy is weak, where interference by the executive is commonplace and where the resources of the judiciary are scarce. Counter-terrorism measures have also served to increase the pressure on the judiciary in a number of countries. An independent judiciary is essential for the protection of human rights.


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http://www.icj.org/themes/centre-for-the-independence-of-judges-and-lawyers/ (accessed March, 2015).

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights in the Admin-istration of Justice: A Manual on Human Rights for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers (Geneva: United Nations, 2002), 115.

. Ibid.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Access to Justice: The Independence ,Impartiality and Integrity of the Judiciary (New York: United Nations, 2006), 1.

Ibid.Human Rights, Human Rights in the Administration of Justice,115

Human Rights, Human Rights in the Administration of Justice, 116.

http://www.icj.org/themes/centre-for-the-independence-of-judges-and-lawyers/ (accessed March, 2015).

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights in the Admin-istration of Justice: A Manual on Human Rights for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers (Geneva: United Nations, 2002), 115.

. Ibid.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Access to Justice: The Independence ,Impartiality and Integrity of the Judiciary (New York: United Nations, 2006), 1.

Ibid

Human Rights, Human Rights in the Administration of Justice,115

Human Rights, Human Rights in the Administration of Justice, 116.


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