Analysing the Right to a Fair Trial and Due Process of Law in Service Matters in Pakistan

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Abdur Rehman
Dr. Sadaqat Ali
Dr. Muhammad Fayyaz

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The right to a fair trial and due process of law is a fundamental principle in any democratic society, particularly in Pakistan. This research explores Pakistan's history of fair trial and due process, focusing on service tribunals' role in employment disputes, emphasizing the country's commitment to upholding the rule of law. The Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Service Tribunals are specialized forums for resolving employment-related disputes involving civil servants, and their adherence to constitutional standards and international principles is crucial.  This research aims to examine the intricate dynamics of the right to a fair trial and due process within the specific context of these service tribunals. To achieve the overall aim of the research, the researcher employs a doctrinal research methodology, which is a pure legal research, that includes historical, comparative, critical analysis and qualitative approaches. The researcher has found that the establishment of service tribunals is crucial for justice, equality, and the rule of law, but they face challenges like case backlogs, resource constraints, transparency issues, and concerns about judgment quality. Policymakers should develop measures to streamline processes and ensure uniform adherence to fair trial principles. Recommendations include regular reviews of legislative frameworks, improving legal clarity, providing training courses for judges, members, solicitors, and administrative staff, incorporating technology into procedural components, and promoting public awareness on due process and fair trials laws. To address backlogs in Pakistan's service tribunals, complete case management reforms, funding for infrastructure, adequate resources, improving transparency, quality assurance mechanisms, and public education campaigns should be implemented.

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Rehman, A., Dr. Sadaqat Ali, & Dr. Muhammad Fayyaz. (2024). Analysing the Right to a Fair Trial and Due Process of Law in Service Matters in Pakistan. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN AND SOCIETY, 4(2), 286-296. Retrieved from http://ijhs.com.pk/index.php/IJHS/article/view/558
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