Evaluating the Impacts of Judicial Suo Moto Actions in Pakistan: Judicial Overreach or Necessary Oversight

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Tehseenullah Khan
Kabeer Khan
Jasaleeq Hussain


This paper critically examines the role of Suo moto actions within Pakistan's judicial system, exploring the dichotomy between necessary judicial oversight and potential overreach. Through a comprehensive review, this research traces the historical evolution of Suo moto powers from their constitutional origins to their current application, juxtaposing Pakistan’s practices with global counterparts for a nuanced understanding. Through detailed case studies, this analysis highlights the transformative impact these judicial interventions have had on governance and societal issues, particularly focusing on human rights and corruption. Conversely, the study also delves into criticisms of judicial overreach, where Suo moto actions may encroach upon the legislative and executive branches, potentially undermining the balance of powers as envisaged in democratic governance. By synthesizing viewpoints from legal scholars, civic bodies, and public opinion, the paper evaluates both the merits and the limitations of Suo moto actions. Recommendations are proposed to refine the exercise of Suo moto powers, advocating for clearer legal guidelines and enhanced judicial accountability. This research aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on optimizing judicial intervention in Pakistan, ensuring it serves as a bulwark of justice while maintaining the integrity of a balanced governmental structure.

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Tehseenullah Khan, Kabeer Khan, & Jasaleeq Hussain. (2024). Evaluating the Impacts of Judicial Suo Moto Actions in Pakistan: Judicial Overreach or Necessary Oversight. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN AND SOCIETY, 4(2), 297-311. Retrieved from http://ijhs.com.pk/index.php/IJHS/article/view/559