The Opening ceremony of New Judicial Year 2022-2023 was held today on 12th September 2022 (Monday) in Court Room No.1 of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad. The ceremony was presided over by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial and was attended by the Hon’ble Judges, law officers and members of the legal fraternity.
The ceremony was held on the eve of the start of the New Judicial Year, to take stock of performance of the past year and to formulate future policies accordingly not only for advancement of justice but also for protection of the fundamental rights of the people.
The program consisted of speeches by the Attorney General of Pakistan, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council and President, Supreme Court Bar Association. The Hon’ble Chief Justice graced the occasion with the key note address.
His lordship informed that during the period from 2nd Feb, 2022 till 9th Sep, 2022 the court has decided 14,943 cases, minimizing the pending cases from 54,134 to 50, 265, accordingly.
He further added that dispensation of swift and economic justice being a priority, the Federal Judicial Academy and the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP), under the guidance of this Court, are resorting to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which in time shall reduce the pendency of cases in all tiers of courts by around 40%, in the next three years.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan concluded with a solemn pledge regarding the court’s commitment to defend the Constitution in its entirety.