Se­nate wants more judges in lower courts

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IS­LAM­ABAD—Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Law and Jus­tice has rec­om­mended to in­crease the num­ber of judges in dis­trict courts and im­prove­ment in pro­ce­dure to sub­mit cases with them.

The com­mit­tee in its meet­ing held on Mon­day un­der the chair­man­ship of Se­na­tor Muham­mad Javed Ab­basi also ap­proved the Is­lam­abad High Court (Amend­ment) Bill 2016 to en­hance the pe­cu­niary ju­ris­dic­tion of Is­lam­abad High court from ten mil­lion to one hun­dred mil­lion ru­pees for hear­ing cases and var­i­ous suits.

The pur­pose of the bill is to lower work load of Is­lam­abad High Court in view of high prices of prop­er­ties in Is­lam­abad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory. This bill will bring the ju­ris­dic­tion of Is­lam­abad High Court and Civil Courts in Is­lam­abad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory in con­so­nance with High Courts and Civil Courts of the other prov­inces and also re­duce work load of Is­lam­abad High Court.

In the Cen­tral Law Of­fi­cer (Amend­ment) Bill 2016, the qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­riod for ap­point­ment of Stand­ing Coun­sel was in­creased from five to seven years. The meet­ing de­cided to take on board to Bar Coun­cils and As­so­ci­a­tion about re­view­ing the grant is­sues with them. Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Law and Jus­tice told the meet­ing that Supreme Court has ex­tended the el­i­gi­bil­ity upto seven years for ap­point of Stand­ing Coun­sel.

It was told that do­na­tions to Bar Coun­cils are given through Pak­istan Bar Coun­cil and Pro­vin­cial Bar Coun­cils. Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Prime Min­is­ter on Law Za­far Ul­lah Khan has said that no grant has been given dur­ing their ten­ure as au­dit ob­jec­tions have been raised on do­na­tions given in last 10-15 years.

Se­na­tor Saif Ul­lah Magsi sug­gested to lis­ten view point of Bar As­so­ci­a­tions in this re­gard.—APP

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