ISLAMABAD The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will start functioning from December 13 and notification in this regard has been issued, Law Minister Babar Awan said this while talking to media persons at the Supreme Court building, after attending the Judicial Commission meeting here on Saturday. Islamabad High Court (IHC) was established under a presidential order on December 14, 2007. However, its creation was delayed because of the stay order issued by the Lahore High Court after its establishment was challenged there. But Supreme Court later decided in favour of its establishment. On July 31, 2009 while hearing a constitution petition the Supreme Court struck down the order of establishment of the IHC and reverted the judicial system of Pakistan to status of November 2, 2007. All the judges who were part of IHC on November 2, 2007, were ordered to return to original courts, while the employees of the court were ordered back to their original positions or to federal surplus pool. Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said, The notification of IHC in light of the Act has been issued. The judges for IHC would be taken from the High Courts of all the provinces and FATA and the Judicial Commission (JC) is to start work for selection of its judges. He said the cases that come in the jurisdiction would be transferred to IHC. He said through 19th Amendment the recommendations of the apex court would be inserted in the Constitution, adding the bill would also be passed with consensus like that of 18th Amendment. About the JC meeting, Babar Awan said for the first time in the history of Pakistan judiciary and the parliamentarians sat together to discuss the judges appointment, adding earlier there was no direct forum for judges appointment therefore the Supreme Court had to give judgment in Al-Jihad Trust case in that regard. The minister further said that the Commission members deliberated on the mode judges appointment along with the parliamentarians, representatives of Pakistan Bar and the provincial bar councils. It was the first time that law ministers of federal and all the provinces sat together under one roof. The day is important relating to the tricotomy of institutions. The Judicial Commission would help in strengthening the institutions, he said. The new system for judges appointment under Article 175A passed by both the Houses of parliament, would not only be discussed but quoted all over the world. He hoped that the main stakeholders - the litigants - would be benefit from the establishment of IHC.