LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has called upon the legal fraternity to play its role in making the district judiciary more efficient.

He was speaking to a gathering of office bearers of Punjab bar associations at the Judicial Academy. Senior Puisne Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali were also present at the occasion.

The chief justice, who took oath on Tuesday, said being head of the institution he felt that the lawyers were a family to him. He further emphasised that maximum number of lawyers of Punjab are professional advocates, however there are certain elements, few in number, who are trying to derail the system.

Justice Shah urged the bar associations to deal with such elements to establish a conducive environment where the cases coming to the courts would be decided swiftly and expeditious and inexpensive justice would be dispensed to the masses.

Reiterating his vision of transparency and self-accountability, the CJ apprised the representatives of lawyers that 27 judicial officers from across Punjab had been made OSD as their reputation was questionable.

The CJ asked the lawyers to reciprocate by eliminating the nasty elements who were involved in misbehaving with the judges especially the female judges, locking down the courts and disrupting court proceedings. He also assured the lawyers that their suggestion and recommendations to improve the judicial system will be welcomed.

In the end, the chief justice reminded the lawyers that it was only with their cooperation and participation that system of administration of justice would bear fruits for the upcoming generations.

Meanwhile, CJ Shah chaired a meeting with the members of a high powered committee constituted for promoting institutional collaboration between the LHC and the Punjab government.

The committee members include Punjab Chief Secretary Capt (r) Zahid Saeed, P&D Board Chairman Jahanzaib Khan, Home Secretary Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan, Law Secretary Abul Hassan Najmi and Prosecution Secretary Ali Murtaza.

It was their first meeting with the new chief justice as the High Powered Committee has been constituted to carve out practical solutions to the problems of justice sector.

During the meeting, CJ Shah highlighted various areas of administration of justice such as budgeting, finance and infrastructural issues where immediate attention of the government was required.

It was resolved that the committee members would meet the CJ and other judges on a fortnightly basis to promote harmony and collaboration between the Lahore High Court and the Punjab Government eventually contributing towards efficient dispensation of justice to the masses.