The Registry was established on 14th October, 1957 in a borrowed wing of the High Court of Sindh Building. The Registry remained housed for some time in Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Rest House, Stadium Road, opposite PTV Centre, Karachi. There was a growing need to have a suitable building to house the offices of the Branch Registry and also have suitable Courtrooms. Due to its victorian structure, the old State Bank building was found suitable and fit to accommodate the Branch Registry.
On 3rd May 1995, the Government of Sindh handed over the possession of the building to the Supreme Court. Extensive renovation and construction works were undertaken and the Registry was formally inaugurated on 20th February, 1997.
Earlier, the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan inaugurated this Building as the first State Bank of Pakistan on 1st July, 1948. His historic speech delivered in this Building is frequently quoted to show his vision of Pakistan.
The present Supreme Court Building situated at the crossing of I.I. Chundrigar Road (formerly Macleod Road) and M.R. Kayani Road may claim to be one of the most ancient public buildings in the city of Karachi. The foundation stone of this building was laid by the Duke of Connaught in 1887 during the reign of Queen Victoria. The building was meant to house a Museum known as “Victoria and Elbert Museum.”
The building has been extensively repaired and renovated by the Government of Sindh. It has three Courtrooms, Chief Justice Chambers, six Judges Chambers, Registrar Chambers, Conference room, Judges Lounge, Office block and a beautiful mosque. Additional rooms have been provided to Supreme Court Bar Association.
Petitions, appeals and miscellaneous applications are instituted in the Branch Registry arising out of judgments and decisions of: –
1. Sindh High Court.
2. Federal Shariat Court, Karachi.
3. Federal Service Tribunal, Karachi; and
4. Sindh Service Tribunal.
Subject to any special order of the Chief Justice or the Court, all civil, criminal and jail petitions instituted in the Branch Registry and appeals arising therefrom except the appeals in taxation, customs and revenue matters are heard at the Branch Registry.