East division of sessions court inaugurated


In an effort to reduce burden of lower judiciary of the federal capital and for early disposal of cases, the east division of the capital district and session courts was formally inaugurated here on Thursday.
The inaugural ceremony was held here in the old offices of the chief commissioner and deputy commissioner, Islamabad, where the new courtrooms will be constructed within some days.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman was the chief guest while five others judges of the IHC were also present on the occasion. A district court official told Pakistan Today that 13 judges would serve in the east division of the capital courts and the courtrooms for the judges would be established in the old offices of the ICT officials. He added that some structural changes were required to convert the offices into courtrooms due to which the old offices have been demolished. He said sheds for litigants would also be constructed in front of the courts at a parking lot which was currently being used for the parking of VIPs’ vehicles.
The official said that around 25,000 cases were pending in the district courts and Islamabad east division of courts would deal with 7,000 cases while remaining cases would be dealt with by the west division.
As many as 12 union councils and five police stations will fall under the east division of the district courts. The police stations included Koral, Nilor, Bahara Kahu, Shahzad Town and Sihala while the names of areas which fall under the east division include Rawat, Sihala, Koral, Tarlai, Bhara Kahu, Kirpa, Chirah, Sohan, Kurri, Tumair and Phulgran (villages of Oajri and Malpur).
Around 109 new employees have been inducted by the administration for the east division while notification for 13 new judges has been issued by the IHC for the east division.
The official said that after shifting of the district administration offices to Sector G/11, the vacated offices were handed over to the court administration but the space was not enough for the courtrooms, which could create troubles, adding that due to limited space in the district courts, some shops had been converted into courtrooms and judges’ chambers.