CJ urges judges to set high standard of conduct, integrity

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ISLAMABAD Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday urged the judges to set high standards of conduct and integrity, calling on them to earn greater public confidence through improved performance and fair and impartial dispensation of justice. Addressing judges of the Balochistan High Court, Quetta district and special courts, the CJP asked them to set high example of honesty and decide cases expeditiously.
The meeting had been convened at the Balochistan High Court to get an update on the implementation of the National Judicial Policy. The CJP praised the performance of the district judiciary in achieving targets set in the National Judicial Policy and deciding all old cases pending since many years. He stressed on the eradication of corruption from courts and asked the judges to keep a close eye on their staff and check corruption and other malpractices.
The CJP stressed on judicial independence and impartiality, saying this could be achieved only through setting personal example of honesty, independence and impartiality and by deciding cases on sole consideration of law and facts of the case. He said the bar was an integral part of the judicial administration and lawyers had contributed a lot for the maintenance of the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.
Security of Supreme Court beefed up: Special security cameras have been installed at the Supreme Court building for smooth functioning of the apex court, a press statement issued here Saturday said. It said various steps have been taken to ensure fool-proof security at the SC premises and that the entry into the Courtroom No 1 from Monday would be regulated by special passes issued by Additional Registrar of the Supreme Court. Even the journalists would be required to use the passes to cover the hearings.
APP ADDS: the security has been heightened ahead of the special bench’s hearing of a set of pleas of those dysfunctional judges who took oath under annulled constitutional provisional order of 2007 in defiance of restraining orders.