LAHORE - Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, the next chief justice of the Lahore High Court, is likely to take oath on Wednesday (tomorrow).

Justice Ali is the son of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Muhammad Yaqub Ali and brother-in-law of former Supreme Court judge Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday.

He did his LLB (Honours) from the UK’s Leeds University in 1979 and Bar-at-law from Middle Temple, UK, in 1980. He did his graduation from the University of the Punjab in 1976 while O and A levels from Aitchison College in 1972 and 1974, respectively.

He was elevated to the LHC bench on February 17, 2010. Before becoming the judge of the high court, he also served as Punjab’s additional advocate general from March 26, 1995, to August 1, 1997, and as deputy attorney general for Pakistan from August 1, 1997, to June 7, 2006, and again from August 10, 2007, to Feb 11, 2008.

Justice Ali remained a member of the special bench which held trial of former army chief Pervez Musharraf in the treason case. He is known as an expert in criminal justice system.

Lawyers say relations between the bench and the bar will be more cordial in the coming days and the rift in their ties will be resolved. They also hope the problems they have been facing owing to the newly introduced IT system in the high court will also be resolved.