Senate wants more judges in lower courts
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