LHC CJ condemns frequent strikes by legal fraternity

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah criticized Sunday the frequent strikes by the legal fraternity, and shared that the lawyers should only protest issues they deeply care about.

Sharing statistics, he poin-ted out that 200,0040 additional cases could have been heard if it weren’t for 3,040 strikes by lawyers in 2017.

While addressing an event in Lahore, CJ LHC remarked that it makes no sense for la-wyers to protest issues which do not relate to Pakistan.

The LHC CJ lamented the lack of judges in the city and shared that one judge is available for 62,000 people in Lahore.

He remarked that Punjab has a total population of 110 million, and a total of 1,731 judges. “This amounts to one judge per 62,000 people.”

On the contrary, in a developed nation such as Germany, there is one judge is per 4,000 people.

“If we have 10,000 judges then we can compete on an international level,” Shah added.

“Our judges are working on a target of 70,” he said, adding “Despite facing many challenges, the judges are working with hard work and integrity.”

On the tensions between bar members and the judges, he encouraged the bar members to approach him and sort the issue. “I request them [bar members] to come talk to me, no one needs to misbehave with one another.”

Shah also remarked that there is a need to draw a distinction between getting up-set with him and reforming the system.

“If I say I take any action, then it will be a part of disappointment or reforming system,” he asked.

“I don’t want to get recommendations asking for the transfer of judges. How can this lead to disappointment?”

CJ Shah also pointed out that there is a misperception that courts are working.

He assured that work is being done.

Sharing some statistics, he remarked that three million cases were filed before the court, of which verdicts were given in 2.1 million cases.

Taking notice of the media reports about illegal promotions of judges, the chief justice clarified that no judge was promoted in violation of merit.

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