Justice Faez Isa asks CJP to call Judicial Commission meeting, fill vacant posts at Supreme Court

10:31 PM | 30 Sep, 2022
Justice Faez Isa asks CJP to call Judicial Commission meeting, fill vacant posts at Supreme Court
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ISLAMABAD — Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, expressing his concern at the delay in appointment of five judges to the top court of the country.

In a letter addressed to the chief justice, who is also chairman of the Judicial Commission, Justice Isa wrote, “The Judicial Commission of Pakistan with regard to nominations to the Supreme Court (the Commission) comprises of nine Members, including the Chief Justice who acts as the Commission’s Chairman.

“Over 50,000 cases have accumulated in the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice and 16 Judges constitute the Supreme Court. However, there are five vacancies in the Supreme Court, which works out to 726 lost days. It pains me to state that cases filed in the Supreme Court are unlikely to ever get decided if the vacancies are not filled in.

“The people of Pakistan have invested heavily in the Supreme Court which employs about 700 staff and has a considerable budget. Therefore, it is not understandable why the Supreme Court is working at a significant 30 percent reduced capacity.

“Every passing day that the five vacancies remain unfilled adds to the existing mountain of cases, threatening to render it insurmountable, which may leave the Supreme Court dysfunctional. The same staff and money which would serve a full court also serves a truncated one, therefore, there’s a needless haemorrhaging of resources.

“The Constitution requires that expeditious justice be ensured and this responsibility falls upon on the Supreme Court, of which you are the Chief Justice. We must not let down the people of Pakistan, erode their confidence in the Supreme Court and continue to waste their hard earned money.

“Sir, I have repeatedly called upon you to do your constitutional duty, and let the Members of the Commission do theirs. Therefore, please convene a meeting of the Commission immediately to enable the Commission to nominate judges to the Supreme Court.”