ISLAMABAD - In pursuance of the recommendations of Bhurban declaration 2012, ‘A Common Vision on Environment for the South Asian Judiciaries,’ during South Asian Conference on Environmental Justice held on 24-25 March 2012 under the aegis of Supreme Court of Pakistan, all the High Courts as well as Supreme Court of AJK have constituted Green Benches to hear the cases pertaining to environmental issues.

The Chief Justice of Lahore High Court has established a Green Single Bench and a Green Division Bench on Principal Seat and Branches to hear all the cases relating to environmental issues. Further, all the courts of senior civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates at headquarters and all the courts of civil judges-I-cum-judicial magistrates at sub-divisions have been declared as Green Courts to hear all the cases involving the issues of environment. All the courts of district and sessions judges in Punjab have been declared as Green Courts to hear all the cases/appeals etc.

The Chief Justice High Court of Sindh has also established a Green Single Bench and a Green Division Bench at Principal Seat to hear cases relating to environmental issues and has further nominated Judges to grace the said Green Single and Green Division Benches. Moreover, the Chief Justice of High Court of Sindh also established the Green Courts in all the district of Sindh to hear such cases and has declared all those senior civil judges and civil judges & judicial magistrate of respective districts assigned the matters of Sindh Building Control Authority and Sindh Local Government Ordinance to preside over the said Green Courts. The Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court has also constituted Green Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice and comprising another Judge to be nominated by him.

The Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court has also constituted Green Benches. Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Qazi Faez Isa will head the green bench at Principal seat Quetta while Justice Noor Meskanzai and Justice Muhammad Hashim Khan Kakar will be the members of the bench at Sibi.

The Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court has also constituted Green Single Green Bench and a Green Division Bench at Islamabad. Further, all the Courts of Senior Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates as well as Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates at Islamabad (East & West) have been declared as Green Courts to hear all the cases involving the issues of environment. The Courts of District and Sessions Judges Islamabad (East & West) have been declared as Green Courts to hear all the cases/appeals etc.

Moreover, the Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has also constituted green bench headed by the chief justice and comprising other two judges.