Islamabad - Justice Mushir Alam has said that continuous changes in the laws and need for expeditious as well as quality justice delivery necessitated to train more and more judges and other stakeholders of administration of justice system continuously.

The judge of Supreme Court expressed these views in the certificate awarding ceremony at the conclusion of three months pre-service training course for the newly inducted civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates of Islamabad Judicial Service here at Federal Judicial Academy on Saturday.

He said the only sure way for judges to keep pace with the development of both domestic and international laws is through continuing legal education, as the judges owe it to the people to keep themselves informed and knowledgeable.

“I personally believe that one who is more knowledgeable is, indeed, more strong.” He urged the participants to always try to read new books about laws and other subjects.

“A book is always new unless you have read it. It is knowledge and proper training which will enable you to deal with the new challenges effectively. As judges you will have to confront ample challenges and I hope this well-designed and well-developed training will enable you as judges to appreciate the society in which we operate and come up to expectations of society. I have faith in this fact that a judiciary sees and uses the law as a potent tool for social transformation; however, you are required to play your role more effectively to make a difference,” he maintained.

He said the judiciary has up to now jealously guarded its independence. “Our young judicial officers are the foundation and the face of our judiciary; I often call them our hope for the future and I have strong confidence in them that they would maintain and uphold the judicial independence by dint of their conduct and speedy dispensation of justice.”

Justice Mushir said society’s expectations from all of people in this profession were to ensure transformation of the judiciary in all respects. “Be good judges, judges have to remain students of the law throughout their judicial careers. After all, this is one of the essential attributes of a good judge.”

Presenting his welcome speech and an overview of the training course, Dr Faqir Hussain, DG of the Academy, spoke about profound interest, commitment exhibited by the honourable chief guest, innovative and reformative steps and initiative taken by him and his s historic achievements as the former Chief Justice of Sindh High Court.

He also spoke about the academic strength, acumen, and strong intellectual approach of the trainee young judicial officers, many of them holding LLM degree, PhD scholars with various varsities and their devotion to the judicial career and unbending faith to provide quality justice to the litigant public in the country.

In the end, the chief guest awarded certificates to 18 civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates, out of them five female judges, of Islamabad Judicial Service in the ceremony.