Bar councils demand regulating CJP’s powers to fix benches

Say bench formation should be prerogative of five senior-most SC judges: Express concern over hastily called meeting of judicial commission

By: News Desk
Published: 04:09 PM, 27 Jul, 2022
Bar councils demand regulating CJP’s powers to fix benches
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In a joint declaration, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Wednesday demanded that the constitutional provisions related to the discretion of the chief justice of the Supreme Court be amended, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

This joint declaration of theirs came after a meeting in which the representatives of the SCBA and the PBC discussed matters related to the rules regarding selection of judges for benches to hear cases.

The representatives of the bar councils showed reservations over the hastily convened judicial commission meeting, and they also expressed concern over the yesterday’s decision of not forming a full court.

“The power of the Chief Justice to fix cases and constitute benches should be regulated. The bench formation should be the prerogative of the five senior-most judges,” the bar councils said in the joint declaration.

“The Supreme Court’s rules should be amended for the formation of a different bench to hear the review petition. The bar councils do not have any personal interest, nor are they affiliated with any party,” they stated.

“The bar councils strongly condemn the appointment of junior judges in the Supreme Court. The constitutional provisions for the appointment of judges should be amended,” they demanded in their joint declaration.

“The government should immediately withdraw curative review against Justice Qazi Faez Isa. The judicial commission rules should be amended to such an extent that the power to appoint judges should not remain with the Chief Justice alone,” they added.

While speaking to media after the joint session, SCBA President Ahsan Bhoon said that the previous day decision of the Supreme Court would be considered contrary to the facts and law.

“Decisions that conflict with the Constitution will have a [negative] effect in the coming days,” he added.

“The letters written by Imran Khan and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain to the members of their parties for voting are exactly the same,” he stated.

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori