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Since 2015, 5% fall in the proportion of Pakistanis who are currently fighting a case in the court of law (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan Poll)

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Islamabad, March 10, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2015, respondents were asked “Are you or anyone from your household currently fighting a case in the court of law?” In response, only 8% said yes while 92% said no.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2020 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2020, 3% said yes while 97% said no.

Implication of this finding: The percentage of respondents seeking legal aid for disputes in Pakistan is very low as other informal means of resolutions are more popularly availed such as ‘panchayat’ or ‘Jirga’, especially in traditional rural settings as decision in these informal settings are much quicker and cheaper as compared to formal judicial systems. The fall in Pakistanis currently fighting a case could also be explained by recent years’ expedited case resolutions in local and superior courts.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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