LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday inaugurated 150th celebrations of Lahore High Court along with former chief justices.

The purpose of celebrating 150th anniversary, the CJ said, is that they want to make people aware that the judiciary is active to protect their rights and that positive reforms are being introduced in the system.

Former chief justices, sitting judges of the LHC and lower judiciary, provincial and federal law officers, and other court staff were present on the occasion. The ceremony was held at the Judges’ Lawn where Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and former CJs hoisted flag to launch the celebrations.

In his address, the CJ laid emphasis on the preservation of history of the Lahore High Court that proved to be a milestone for a formal justice system and dispensation of justice in Punjab.

The LHC was established in 1866 as the Chief Court of the Punjab. In 1915, it was named High Court with jurisdictions over the provinces of Punjab and Delhi. In 1937, the strength of judges was increased from five to 15.

On August 15, 1947 it was given the name of High Court of Lahore. On September 30, 1955 it was renamed as High Court for the Province of West Pakistan. On October 14, 1955 it was renamed as High Court of West Pakistan. In the 1956 constitution, it was renamed as the High Court of West Pakistan.

On January 1, 1981, allied benches of the LHC were established in Bahawalpur, Multan and Rawalpindi.

“We should not forget to mention that history of Lahore High Court starts from 1866, while there was no formal judicial system prior to that date,” said CJ Shah. He said A A Robbert was first Judicial Commissioner who was made head of this historical court of Punjab.

The chief justice urged the judges to work hard to dispense justice because it was their prime and the most important duty. They must not fear from anyone while delivering justice, he said.

He also lauded the role of the bars for their continuous struggle for the supremacy of law, and called them integral part of the judicial system.

Event Committee in action

The District Event Committee led by Lahore District and Sessions Judge Nazir Ahmed Ganjana held its meeting yesterday to finalise the arrangements and events in connection with LHC’s 150 years celebrations.

Members of five sub-committees also participated in the meeting and gave their recommendations. Ganjana directed all committees to speed up their efforts to make the celebrations a success.

All members assured the judge that they would leave no stone unturned to accomplish the task.