ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Thursday showed his pleasure as the apex court provided speedy justice to the litigants since his appointment.

Chief justice said, “I am happy to state that during the period from 12th December 2013 till 10th January 2014, as against total institution of 1,641 cases, 1,950 cases were disposed of. It means that the disposal figure is higher i.e. 309 cases as against institution.” CJ stated this while chairing a Full Court meeting held in the Supreme Court which was attended by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed, Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rahman and Justice Mushir Alam.

Dr Faqir Hussain, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan, also attended the meeting.  

At the outset, chief justice welcomed judges participating in the Full Court meeting and said, “In our last meeting, we discussed, inter alia, the issue of rising institution of fresh cases and bulging dockets in the Supreme Court, and agreed on constitution of benches at the principal seat and branch registries to deal with the backlog.”

“We took certain decisions, and I am glad to inform that a proposed Monthly Cause List of pending cases at the principal seat was being issued. 3 dedicated benches for hearing civil and criminal petitions and appeals were formed and continued to function since 6th January 2014, the final Weekly Cause List is also regularly issued.”

The CJ said that this mechanism was agreed upon in the last meeting to minimise adjournments and fix cases as per their subject matter and categories.

“I am mindful of the need for giving full hearing and exhaustive arguments in important cases involving interpretation of the Constitution and/or the law. “

He said, “I am happy to say that the court has pursued its policy of taking up issues of public importance under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, including suo moto cases.” Furthermore, the Human Rights Cell of the court continues to function with the same zeal and fervor, as before.

The Cell is primarily for the benefit of poor, deprived and vulnerable individuals and sections of society, who suffer a violation of their fundamental right but lack access to justice.

In most of the cases, the grievance is redressed at the initial stage and compliance report is received from the concerned agency. In rare cases though, issues are framed and the matter placed before a bench for resolution. “Lately, I have directed for the establishment of Special Section in the Human Rights Cell to deal exclusively with the cases of overseas citizens,” he added.

The Full Court meeting also discussed the holding of International Judicial Conference as a regular annual judicial activity.

It was noted that so far six Conferences (4 National and 2 International) have been organized. It was decided that this year the event should be held as an International Judicial Conference to provide a forum to the stakeholders of justice sector to share experiences and evolve strategies for addressing the problems being faced by the judicial system.

A committee comprising five senior most judges of the Supreme Court was constituted to take necessary decisions/steps for holding of the “International Judicial Conference 2014” in the month of April 2014 in a befitting manner.

He also announced that the establishment of Special Section in the Human Rights Cell to deal exclusively with the cases of overseas citizens." had also been made

The Full Court meeting also discussed the holding of International Judicial Conference as a regular annual judicial activity, noting that so far six Conferences (4 National and 2 International) have been organised.

It was decided that this year the event should be held as an International Judicial Conference to provide a forum to the stakeholders of justice sector to share experiences and evolve strategies for addressing the problems being faced by the judicial system.

A committee comprising five senior most Judges of the Supreme Court was constituted to take necessary decisions/steps for holding of the "International Judicial Conference 2014" in the month of April 2014 in a befitting manner.