Islamabad, February 06, 2019 (PPI-OT): A Full Court meeting was held today (06.02.2019) in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan. It was attended by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mushir Alam, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Faisal Arab, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Munib Akhtar and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Yahya Afridi. Mr. Arbab Muhammad Arif, Registrar Supreme Court also attended the meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Hon’ble Judges congratulated the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan on elevation to highest judicial office. The Hon’ble Chief Justice thanked the Hon’ble Judges and expected healthy working relationship from Hon’ble Judges for cause of administration of justice. The Hon’ble Chief Justice apprised the participants that the purpose of the meeting was to review the performance of the Supreme Court in terms of dispensation of justice and disposal of cases and to deliberate on the issues and matters pertaining to smooth functioning of the Court.
Deliberating on the issue of institution and disposal of cases in Supreme Court, the Full Court noted that during the period from 01.09.2018 to 31.12.2018 the Court decided 6,342 cases against the institution of 6,407 cases, leaving total pendency of 40,535 cases. The Full Court showed satisfaction over institution and disposal rate and discussed different strategies, ways and means to bring improvements in case management for effective and smooth functioning of the Court and underlined the need to categorize the cases to diminish the backlog of cases and to make untiring efforts to improve dispensation of justice.
Moreover, the Full Court resolved that special Benches should be constituted to deal with different categories of cases, adjournments should be discouraged, appeals should be fixed in chronological order and reviews must be fixed in the next week subject to availability of author Judges. The Full Court discussed agenda regarding video link connectivity between principal seat Supreme Court of Pakistan and its branch registries. It was resolved that e-court system should be established at principal seat Islamabad and its branch registries through application of latest video link connectivity within minimum possible period of time so as to facilitate lawyers to argue their cases from branch registries by availing this facility so as to minimize the backlog of cases at branch registries.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan thanked the Hon’ble Judges and appreciated their commitment, devotion for cause of dispensation of justice to public at large so as to redress their grievances and to provide relief to them. The meeting also discussed different administrative and judicial issues relating to the internal working of the Court.
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