SC full court expresses satisfaction over cases disposal rate

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ISLAMABAD: A full court meeting under Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa’s stewardship was held at the Supreme Court (SC) here on Thursday.

As the court’s performance in terms of dispensation of justice and disposal of cases was reviewed, the attendees, in a joint declaration, noted that during 2018 the apex court received 6,407 petitions and decided 6,342 cases, whereas 40,535 cases are still pending.

The full court expressed satisfaction over the disposal rate and discussed different strategies, ways and means to bring improvements in case management for effective and smooth functioning of the court. The need to categorise cases to diminish the backlog and make untiring efforts to improve dispensation of justice was also underlined.

The full court recommended that special benches should be constituted to deal with different categories of cases, adjournments should be discouraged, appeals should be fixed in chronological order and reviews must be fixed in the next week subject to the availability of judges.

The full court resolved that e-court system should be established at principal seat Islamabad and its registries through the application of latest video link connectivity within the minimum possible period of time so as to facilitate lawyers to argue their cases from branch registries by availing this facility.

At the onset of the meeting, the judges congratulated the chief justice for assuming the highest judicial office. Justice Khosa, in reciprocation, thanked his fellow judges and appreciated their commitment for the dispensation of justice to the public.

The meeting was attended by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Yahya Afridi. SC Registrar Arbab Muhammad Arif was also present.