MINGORA (Agencies) - Judges trained in Islamic law began reviewing cases Tuesday in Swat Valley where the government has alarmed the West by agreeing to impose religious rule to make peace with the Taliban. A pair of such judges, or Qazis, reviewed 30 minor cases in the Swat Valley's main city of Mingora but referred all the petitioners to the police for mediation or investigation. A total of seven Islamic courts began functioning in the valley Tuesday, top government official Syed Mohammad Javed said. Mian Kareem Dad, 55, filed a petition with one of the judges in Mingora in hopes of resolving a long-standing land dispute within his family. He said the matter had languished in the regular courts, but that the new judge had already assigned it to a police officer. The officer was told to come to the court within two days with the other party, Dad said. 'I have had this issue for many years,' he said. 'I hope it will be solved without any fuss and without too much cost. I am hopeful for justice.' Javed said the religious courts would operate in several tiers, allowing for appeals. Judges who already worked in Swat but do not have the proper degree in Islamic law will be transferred elsewhere, Javed said. On Monday, Tehrik-e-Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad said that the Qazis would be giving decisions in courts and there was no need of judges coming to the courts. He said that following provincial government's announcement relating to the setting up of Shariat courts, the judicial system in Malakand Division and Kohistan has been rendered defunct and, therefore, the decisions of the judges would not be acceptable. Maulana Sufi Muhammad would personally supervise the working of the courts. After Swat, Qazi courts would begin working in District Dir, Boner, Malakand Agency, Shangla, Kohistan and then Chitral.