The judiciary in recent years has played a very significant role in governance and public policy in Pakistan. Judges of the superior courts are increasingly asserting their constitutional power of judicial review to scrutinize administrative actions by the executive in matters such as appointments and promotions, challenges to delegated legislation and decisions regarding planning & procurement of public sector development projects etc. In this context, RSIL in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation produced a Guide for civil servants on good decision-making under Pakistani law.
The purpose of this Guide is to reduce the chances of future judicial review of administrative decisions by helping public functionaries understand the potential legal risks of their actions.
RSIL organized a large launch event for this publication in December, 2018 which was attended by over 150 senior civil servants and lawyers. In addition, we have also disseminated the Guide to the heads of all federal and provincial ministries and departments, statutory bodies, training academies and superior court judges.
Our initiative has received an overwhelmingly positive response from public sector stakeholders and we are currently in talks with the Civil Services Academy for curriculum development on this area for civil servants.