ISLAMABAD - There is a code of conduct for the judges of superior court in the constitution and violation of it entails action.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali said this while addressing at a Full Court reference held in the honour of Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, who laid down his robe yesterday.

Article 209 of the Constitution talks about Supreme Judicial Council comprising the CJP, two senior most judges of Supreme Court and the two chief justices of high courts. According to this article, an action could be taken against the judges of apex and high courts.

Justice Jamali said there is a code of conduct for the subordinate judiciary as well, adding if any judge whether from lower or superior judiciary violates the rules then there is a system to take action against him. He said whenever a complaint is received against any judge, then action is taken.

The chief justice further said that though there is also a code of conduct of lawyers but no disciplinary action has been taken against any lawyer for violation of rules and misbehaving with the judges in the lower courts.

He said in the past many cases were reported but the bar councils did not take action, adding the repetition of such incident would not be tolerated, as it disgraces the judiciary. He urged the councils to take action against those lawyers who violate their code of conduct.

Attorney General for Pakistan, Vice-chairman Pakistan Bar Council and the President Supreme Court Bar Association also addressed on the occasion. Justice Ijaz offered thank to his colleague and the lawyers community.

President SCBA Barrister Ali Zafar said the Association has also decided to take up constitutional amendments in the Articles relating to appointment of judges, including ad hoc appointments and increasing the strength of the Supreme Court judges with the Parliament.

The Parliamentary Committee on the appointment of judges may have been rendered “rubber stamp” by virtue of a court judgment, adding the parliament instead of passing corrective laws have opted to boycott the process.

“I believe our judges whether working in the civil courts or Supreme Court are the country’s everyday heroes as they decide cases which are a matter of life and death and monumental to the people who are before the court.”

He stated that Pakistanis deserve the best of the best, the brightest and the most fair be appointed to the post of judge, and that is possible only if the method of appointment of judges is open, transparent and merit based.