Supreme Court Forms 7 Benches to Hear Important Cases Sans Adjournments

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PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD): Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has constituted five benches at the principal seat, Islamabad, while two benches were formed at Lahore and Karachi SC Registries to hear a number of important cases during the next week, starting from Monday.

The benches would hear many important cases including acquittal appeals against death sentence and life imprisonment, service matters of government employees, case against extra-judicial killings of innocent persons in the premises of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, among others.

According to case lists, no adjournment on any ground will be granted and no application for adjournment through fax will be placed before the court. Furthermore, if the counsel is unable to appear for any reason, the advocate-on-record will be required to argue the case.

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Last month, during his first visit to Karachi after assuming office of the top court, the Chief Justice had called for discouraging frequent adjournments for timely disposal of cases pending before courts in Sindh.

He had also discussed ways and means for proper management of criminal and civil cases including revenue matters to expedite their disposal.

The CJP provided guidance for early disposal of cases pending before lower courts and the Sindh High Court (SHC) and also emphasized that the frequent adjournments on request of lawyers were one of the causes for inordinate delay in disposal of cases.

Frivolous litigation should also be discouraged, he said, adding that efforts be made to decide the fate of injunction applications at an early date as far as stay order was concerned.

In January last year, Justice Khosa–then a supreme court judge–had observed that, “There are 1.9 million pending cases in the entire country with only 4,000 judges,”

Justice Khosa made the observation while heading a three-judge Supreme Court bench hearing an appeal against the Lahore High Court rejection of a murder case.

“Even if the entire judiciary consisting of all judges of the Supreme Court, all high courts and subordinate judiciary work day and night for 36 hours a day with 4,000 judges, it cannot clear the cases,” the judge said.

Only one judge is available for 62,000 people in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he had said.

“And when we ask the government to increase the number of judges so that justice can be delivered promptly, they reply to us they are short of funds,” Justice Khosa had observed.

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