ISLAMABAD: Federal Judicial Academy Director General (DG) Pervaiz Ali Chawla has been given another extension.

The sources in the academy said that Chawala had been working on contract as DG in Grade 22 since October 28, 2009, and his salary almost equaled that of a high court judge.

They also said that FJA’s Director Instructions Fakhar Hayat, a retired sessions judge, was also working on a contract basis. Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain also got two-year extension second time on March 2012. On the other hand, despite several directions of the CJP, the administration of the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) has failed to finalise service rules for the academy’s employees for more than 22 months and this is becoming a source of frustration for employees as they are being deprived of promotions.

On October 6, 2010, around 62 employees of the academy wrote a letter to the chief justice of Pakistan who is the chairman of the board of governors.

In the letter, the employees had complained that there were no rules for their promotions to next grades. In a five-page letter to the FJA chairman, they had requested the CJP to frame service rules for the employees of the FJA to channellise their promotions. The FJA was established in September 1988 to train new judges, magistrates, law officers and court staff.

The FJA also holds conferences, seminars, workshops and symposia to improve the working of the judicial system and quality of work. It also publishes journals, memoirs, research papers and reports.