LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Administration Committee yesterday made 10 civil judges Officers on Special Duty for unsatisfactory performance while promoted 74 others.

These judges include Khalid Mahmood Warraich, Malik Allah Ditta Anjum, Sajid Mahmood Sheikh, Naveed Kamran Langrial, Shahid Nawaz Khichi, Babar Hussain, Shahzad Ahsan Butt, Abdul Sattar Bhosal, Abid Zubair and Muhammad Akram Azad.

The committee also promoted 37 senior civil judges to additional district & sessions judges and as many civil judges to the rank of senior civil judges.

CJ highlights role of Special Courts/Ex Cadre Courts

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday addressed the first policy-level meeting regarding the conceptual and operational working of Special Courts/Ex Cadre Courts of Punjab.

Justice Abdul Sami Khan and Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court also attended the meeting. Presiding Officers of the ex-cadre courts and heads of various government departments were also present on the occasion.

The LHC chief justice apprised the participants that the Special Courts/Ex Cadre Courts were as important as the mainstream courts in the system of administration of justice; and as such in order to restore the confidence of litigant public, such courts needed special attention.

“There is a dire need to rationalise the existence of Special Courts/Ex Cadre Courts throughout the divisions of Punjab, in order to enable the people to have direct access to justice,” CJ Shah said.

He explained to the participants that in past the issues hampering the performance of Special Courts/Ex Cadre Courts in Punjab could not be properly addressed which was a major hurdle in dispensation of justice by these courts.

He further briefed them with the fact that by convening the meeting, a platform was created to diagnose the issues and visualise viable solutions to such issues. Mansoor Ali Shah said that he had a firm belief that it was only possible through negotiation and dialogue that the relationship of the judiciary with other branches of the government could become smoother thereby resulting in quicker dispensation of justice to general public.

The CJ further apprised the participants that for future meeting Case Management Plan, Provision of Facilities and Benefits to Special Courts/Ex Cadre Courts and Fast Track appointment system shall serve as an agenda.