Complaints against
100 superior court
judges pending in
Pak-SJC: CJP Isa


ISLAMABAD: A serious controversy revealed on Saturday when Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa that he has sought opinion on complaints against 100 superior court judges which were pending before the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for quite some time.

Though the CJP did not name anyone, he said he had forwarded the complaints on misconduct to senior members of the SJC to consider and render their opinion.

Superior Court of Pakistan

The present SJC consists of CJP Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Chief Justice Lahore High Court Muha­m­mad Ameer Bhatti.

The CJP was speaking at the Second Law-Bridge Workshop on Superior Court Reporting, organised at the Asma Jehangir Auditorium. He reiterated that efforts were afoot to manage the operations of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) in a “proper manner”. The chief justice remarked that there would have been fewer complaints if the SJC had completed its tasks.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa addresses a workshop at the Supreme Court building on Saturday.

Justice Isa emphasised the importance of public awareness about institutions funded by taxpayers, noting that “information leads to accountability.” He added that the top court also presented itself to accountability before the public.

The CJP mentioned that he convened a full court meeting shortly after assuming office, highlighting that such a gathering had not taken place for four years.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa

He noted that all judges had supported the live broadcast of Supreme Court proceedings. “We aim to broadcast cases live to prevent any misconceptions that may lead to allegations,” he added.

The chief justice reported that over 5,000 cases were resolved during his tenure so far, highlighting that 504 cases were resolved in the past week alone. “We are making efforts to conclude as many cases as possible within the limited time available,” he emphasised.
Reflecting on the initiatives implemented during his term, the CJP mentioned the removal of all barriers in front of the Supreme Court and the construction of a monument dedicated to fundamental rights at the site.

He mentioned that a meeting of the Federal Judicial Academy, which was overdue for a considerable period, was finally convened on September 25.

CJP Isa recalled an instance where a citizen inquired about the number of employees in the apex court. He noted that the court promptly provided the details and affirmed that access to information is a right of the public.