Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:56
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during his recent visit to London in connection with the International Conference of Jurists where he also received the International Jurist Award, held meetings with the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and other Justices of the Queen's Bench Division.
In the meeting with the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, both discussed the issues and problems faced by the administration of justice, with special reference to strengthening the independence of judiciary.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan informed him about the developments in the judicial field with respect to the role played by the Supreme Court in establishing rule of law in society.
He also apprised him of the role of Bench and bar in the lawyers' movement for independence of judiciary and restoration of Judges and the high expectations the people attach to the Courts, and the efforts of the judiciary to realizing the objective of inexpensive and expeditious dispensation of justice, as mandated by the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
He also informed him of the wider jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the diverse nature of cases, which were being filed in the Court under the Appellate and Original Jurisdictions, as provided by the Constitution.
The two dignitaries also discussed ways and means to attract the best persons of the legal profession to join the Bench.
In this regard, the Chief Justice of Pakistan explained to him the new mechanism for induction of judges in the superior judiciary of Pakistan i.e. through the Judicial Commission of Pakistan.
The Chief Justice of England and Wales explained the new and revised mechanism of induction of Judges to the superior courts as well as the Trial Courts.
The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales offered his services to help Pakistan to improve its laws of evidence as well as judicial procedure to enable them to effectively deal with the issue of terrorism.
They also discussed the prospects of judicial exchanges and training of judges to share knowledge and experiences and learn the best practices from each other.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also had a meeting with Rt Hon Lord Justice Gross and the Rt Hon Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen's Bench Division and discussed the issues of mutual interest.
They agreed that regular interaction amongst judges was essential for sharing knowledge and experiences to improve the functioning of courts.
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012