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Purpose of the study

The main theme of this study is to explores the information literacy skills of the law practitioners in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Pakistan under the heading “Information Literacy Skills of Legal Practitioners in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Pakistan: An Empirical Study.

Research Method and Procedure

To conduct this quantitative study, the simple random sample approach is used. An adapted questionnaire is distributed among 254 lawyers of Dera Ismail Khan through personal visits and electronic means. The data collected is analyzed through SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) software.

Delimitations of the study: The study is delimited to the southern district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Dera Ismael Khan.

Key Findings:

Most of the lawyers of District Dera Ismail khan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa can recognize and understand the needed information. A large number of lawyers are capable of presenting information in both written and electronic forms. They are not comfortable with different legal databases and using various searching and keyword techniques. They have less knowledge of Boolean operator for locating of online information.

Conclusion and Recommendations

Efforts should be made to arrange refresher courses and training workshops on utilization of different legal databases and different search techniques for retrieval of information sources. This practice will enhance the information literacy skills of lawyers that will ultimately result in to a better legal system in the Pakistan.


Practical implication(s): The findings of the study will motivate the policy makers, authorities of legal forums to restructure the information literacy programs to fulfil the Lawyers’ information needs.

Contribution to the knowledge: No significant work has been done on the lawyers' Information literacy skills in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Pakistan. It will bring a clear picture of information literacy skills of law practitioners and addressed the problems faced by them during seeking process.