LAHORE - Chief justice Lahore High Court Khawaja Muhammad Sharif has said the newly recruited 223 civil judges will be posted in the first week of July throughout Punjab on the basis of backlog of cases in the districts. These appointments have been made on the basis of merit and transparency was the hallmark of the whole recruitment process. For the first time in the judicial history of the province 61 female candidates have also been recruited successfully out of which 35 will be appointed as judges of family courts, one each in all districts of the province. This was observed by the Chief Justice while talking to a delegation comprising members of Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) from various districts of Punjab. The CJ said that pursuant to National Judicial Policy the time limit for disposal of old cases have been extended to 31 December 2010. The CJ asked the PbBC members to fully cooperate for early disposal of old cases in order to provide relief to the litigant public which is the main stakeholder in the system of justice. The members of the delegation stated that they participated in the movement for restoration of judiciary only for rule of law and not to oblige any individual. We hope that the fruits of our struggle for rule of law would be for the future generation of the motherland , the PbBC members said. The members of the Punjab Bar Council also voiced concern over the late verificaton of the degrees of the advocates from the relevant institutions advanced by the Punjab Bar Council and demanded early disposal of such verification cases. They said lawyers having fake degrees deserve no mercy because they were damaging the image of the lawyers community.