Giving a nod to the criminal reforms policy, making it mandatory for the judiciary to decide criminal cases within nine months.

Sharing details of the criminal policy approved by the PM Imran Khan-led cabinet meeting, the information minister said under the policy, it is mandatory to decide criminal cases within nine months.

“In case of failure to decide a case in nine months, the concerned judge will have to clarify his position to chief justice while action will be taken against those lingering the case beyond the deadline,” he said.

Fawad Chaudhry further shared that a plea bargain concept is being introduced in the criminal law which will lead to many cases to be referred to under this facility. “The SHO should be at least BA pass,” he said while sharing a fresh condition introduced in the new policy.