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Dated: 12-December-2013

A Full Court meeting was held today (12.12.2013) in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad under the chairmanship of the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and was attended by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Hon'ble  Mr. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rahman and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mushir Alam. Dr. Faqir Hussain, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan also attended the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan welcomed the Hon’ble Judges participating in the Full Court meeting. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that the purpose of the meeting is to take stock of the performance of the Supreme Court and discuss ways and means to ensure inexpensive and expeditious dispensation of justice in line with the mandate of the Constitution and augment the disposal of cases for redressal of grievances of the litigants. The Full Court discussed in quite some detail the institution and disposal of cases at the Principal seat and its Branch Registries and total pendency of different categories of cases on 11.12.2013 which is 20456.

The Full Court discussed in detail different strategies in order to address the issue of backlog and to provide relief to the litigant public and it was decided as under:
1. The office shall prepare on urgent basis subject-wise categorization of cases including sub-categories, lists of cases to be fixed before two-member bench, three-member bench etc.

2.   Proposed cause lists will be prepared/issued one month in advance.

3.   Cases of one advocate will not be fixed simultaneously at different stations/Branch Registries.

4.   Unnecessary adjournments will be discouraged.

5.   In view of heavy pendency, the Hon’ble Judges on the suggestion of Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan volunteered to forego the coming winter vacation and benches will be constituted at the Principal seat as well as Branch Registries for hearing of cases.
At the end of the meeting, the Hon’ble Judges extended their congratulations to the newly elevated Chief Justice of Pakistan and reposed full confidence and trust in his leadership. They assured him of their whole hearted support and cooperation in his endeavours to advance the cause of justice and strengthen the system of administration of justice for the benefit of the litigant public.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice reciprocated the sentiments of his brother judges and extended his gratitude to them and expressed that he will try his level best to strengthen the institution and will take steps to bring improvements not only at the superior courts level but also District judiciary level because that is the initial forum for providing access to justice to the people knocking the door of courts that is the place where the image of judiciary is either made or marred. The District Judiciary is under great pressure and needs to be supported and strengthened in terms of increase of strength of Judges and Court staff and all requisite infrastructure. He stated that he will take up the matter with the relevant quarters after formulation of appropriate measures in the meeting of National Judicial Policy Making Committee.
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