RAWALPINDI: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has said that competence and efficiency of judges in the dispensation of justice are as important as the independence of the judiciary.
Speaking as a chief guest in a farewell ceremony held in his honour by the LHC administration, the CJ said that corruption in the judiciary could not be tolerated at any cost.
He said that massive efforts were made to curb corruption in judiciary during his tenure. However, he said, more steps were needed to be taken at an accelerated speed to wipe out the menace.
He also highlighted the role of judicial administration for the provision of justice and urged upon them to be polite to the litigants.
Justice Shah emphasised the need for better coordination among the different tiers of the judiciary to provide speedy justice to the masses. “As the judicial system progresses, it would strengthen,” he added.
Earlier, LHC Registrar Khurshid Anwar Rizvi in his address paid tribute to the outgoing chief justice, saying that Justice Shah gave landmark judgments during his tenure as the CJ of the high court.
He said that Justice Mansoor made reforms to reduce the shelf life of cases to provide relief to the public by an early dispensation of the cases. The registrar wished him happiness, good health and long life and expressed the hope that the outgoing chief justice would keep on helping the provincial judiciary as judge of the apex court.
Judges of the LHC, judicial staff and senior lawyers also attended the ceremony.