New Chief Jus­tice’s re­solve

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - JAVAID BASHIR

The New Chief Jus­tice of Lahore High Court Jus­tice Man­soor Ali Shah has di­rected to make SDOs the 13 District & Ses­sions Judges, 6 Ad­di­tional District & Ses­sion Judges and sev­eral Civil Judges. He has taken a bold & revo­lu­tion­ary step to stream­line the Ju­di­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tion and dis­pen­sa­tion of Jus­tice. He warned them not to try to in­flu­ence or ap­proach for favours.

A mech­a­nism for in­ter­nal au­dit has been put in place to check mis­man­age­ment and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. CTV Cam­eras will be in­stalled to ob­serve the court­room func­tion­ing. Se­vere ac­count­abil­ity would be con­ducted. He warned them to straighten or face the mu­sic. Non-con­form­ists would be thrown out from the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice.

Man­soor Ali Shah is the 45th Chief Jus­tice of the Lahore High Court, who took oath of of­fice in a sim­ple but grace­ful cer­e­mony held at the Gov­er­nor’s house in Lahore. Dig­ni­taries, high rank­ing of­fi­cials, Judges and civil author­i­ties at­tended the cer­e­mony. He was ap­pointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2009. He is known for his ex­per­tise in the ad­min- is­tra­tive, Con­sti­tu­tional, en­vi­ron­men­tal and hu­man rights mat­ters. His le­gal de­ci­sions have been widely ac­claimed by the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional le­gal fra­ter­nity.

Speak­ing on the Oc­ca­sion the Gov­er­nor of Pun­jab said that the gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to pro­vide quick jus­tice to the peo­ple. Creation of a peace­ful and sta­ble so­ci­ety is only pos­si­ble by im­par­tial, fair and trans­par­ent Ju­di­cial Sys­tem. All the in­sti­tu­tions must con­trib­ute to­wards es­tab­lish­ing strong, vi­brant Ju­di­cial Sys­tem to re­move in­jus­tices.

He di­rected the staff of the LH C to work dili­gently and hon­estly with­out any fear. He as­sured them to make all ef­forts for im­prov­ing their work­ing con­di­tions and treat­ing them fairly. They must work with a pos­i­tive mind for the pro­mo­tion of fair Jus­tice Sys­tem. We should ap­plaud and ap­pre­ci­ate his ideas and re­solve to im­prove the Ju­di­cial Sys­tem. We need such learned and ded­i­cated re­formists in the Ju­di­ciary. —Via email

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