Pakistan launches mobile mediation court to help back logged courts
PESHAWAR (REUTERS) - Pakistani officials have begun offering mediation in a mobile courtroom to test whether it can help clear clogged courts.
The courtroom-on-a-bus will mediate small civil cases, minor criminal cases and juvenile cases, Mr Hayat Ali Shah, the head of the provincial judicial academy, said on Wednesday.
Cases can drag on for decades in Pakistan - there are 1.4 million pending nationally.
Some families of victims, frustrated with the moribund courts, turn to all-male gatherings of elders called jirgas instead. These offer instant decisions, but have sentenced people to be buried alive, gang-raped or stoned to death.