IHC decided 29,784 cases since 2011Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided 29,784 cases since its establishment in January 2011, said Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi.
Addressing the enrollment ceremony of lawyers in the IHC building on Saturday, Justice Kasi said despite shortage of judges the high court decided a large number of cases in about four years.
He said the vacant posts of judges may be filled in consultation with stakeholders. “The consultation to fill the vacant positions is in progress and the IHC will soon send proposals to the Judicial Commission of Pakistan,” he said.
He said legislation for the posting and transfer of Islamabad-based judges of the subordinate judiciary was also under progress. After some amendments to the law, sessions court judges may be sent to the judicial services of other provinces on deputation and the services of judges from provinces may also be borrowed.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Anwar Zaheer Jamali assured the lawyers that Islamabad-based lawyers would be considered for the two vacant positions of the IHC judges.
Earlier, Raja Aleem Khan Abbasi, the president of the IHC bar association, pointed out that despite being a court for the federal capital the IHC did not have representation from Islamabad.
He said there were over 13,000 cases pending for adjudication before the five benches of the IHC.
As per the IHC Act 2010, the total strength of judges in the court is seven.
According to Mr Abbasi, in addition to the immediate appointment of two judges from Islamabad-based legal community, the legislature should increase the number of judges from seven to 11.
He commended the Judicial Commission of Pakistan for reappointing those judges who had been removed through the July 31, 2009, judgment of the Supreme Court for taking oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO). He said the process should continue.
Published in Dawn, November 1st, 2015
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