AIRLINK 69.92 Increased By ▲ 4.72 (7.24%)
BOP 5.46 Decreased By ▼ -0.11 (-1.97%)
CNERGY 4.50 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-1.32%)
DFML 25.71 Increased By ▲ 1.19 (4.85%)
DGKC 69.85 Decreased By ▼ -0.11 (-0.16%)
FCCL 20.02 Decreased By ▼ -0.28 (-1.38%)
FFBL 30.69 Increased By ▲ 1.58 (5.43%)
FFL 9.75 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-0.81%)
GGL 10.12 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (1.1%)
HBL 114.90 Increased By ▲ 0.65 (0.57%)
HUBC 132.10 Increased By ▲ 3.00 (2.32%)
HUMNL 6.73 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.3%)
KEL 4.44 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
KOSM 4.93 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (0.82%)
MLCF 36.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.55 (-1.49%)
OGDC 133.90 Increased By ▲ 1.60 (1.21%)
PAEL 22.50 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.18%)
PIAA 25.39 Decreased By ▼ -0.50 (-1.93%)
PIBTL 6.61 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.15%)
PPL 113.20 Increased By ▲ 0.35 (0.31%)
PRL 30.12 Increased By ▲ 0.71 (2.41%)
PTC 14.70 Decreased By ▼ -0.54 (-3.54%)
SEARL 57.55 Increased By ▲ 0.52 (0.91%)
SNGP 66.60 Increased By ▲ 0.15 (0.23%)
SSGC 10.99 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.09%)
TELE 8.77 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.34%)
TPLP 11.51 Decreased By ▼ -0.19 (-1.62%)
TRG 68.61 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.01%)
UNITY 23.47 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (0.3%)
WTL 1.34 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-2.9%)
BR100 7,399 Increased By 104.2 (1.43%)
BR30 24,136 Increased By 282 (1.18%)
KSE100 70,910 Increased By 619.8 (0.88%)
KSE30 23,377 Increased By 205.6 (0.89%)

The Supreme Court (SC) adjourned on Tuesday hearing on a set of petitions challenging the (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023.

The hearing will resume tomorrow (Wednesday) on 11:30am.

The full court bench hearing the petitions is led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Ayesha A. Malik, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Shahid Waheed and Justice Musarrat Hilali.

During the hearing, the CJP asked his fellow judges to allow MQM-P’s lawyer Faisal Siddiqui to complete his arguments after Justice Akhtar questioned the counsel in the middle of his argument.

Practice and procedure act: CJP Isa says last hearing to be held on Oct 9

“I think counsel is entitled to argue any which way they want to. Let us hear you. I have to hear you to decide what you say and if we have already formed opinions, we can reflect them in our judgements,” the CJP said.

Justice Akhtar, however, protested being “interrupted all the time” and said it was his right to question the lawyer as a member of the bench.

In response, the chief justice said it was the counsel that was being interrupted, and asked the lawyer to continue his arguments.

On Monday, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa questioned how the constitution and the law depend on the whims of the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

He warned that this message should not go out from this courtroom that the size of the chief justice’s foot is bigger than the constitution and the law. He said “this is a wrong notion that the next chief justice could decide whatever he likes.”

Justice Isa said the chief justice was also under the constitution, and it should not be thought that the constitution was subservient to the whims of the chief justice, adding he should also follow the constitution and the law.

The bill

The previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) led government had enacted the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act, 2023, in a bid to clip the chief justice’s powers to form benches and fix any case before him.

The bill was passed by the parliament earlier this year.

However, an eight-judge bench, including the former CJP Umar Ata Bandial, stayed the bill’s implementation after a set of three petitions challenging it.

The Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill, 2023, serves multiple purposes, including the delegation of suo motu notice-taking authority to a three-member committee composed of senior judges, including the chief justice.

The bill aims to ensure transparent proceedings within the apex court and safeguard the right to appeal.

The bill outlines the constitution of benches, specifying that a committee consisting of the chief justice and the two most senior judges will be responsible for constituting benches to handle cases, and decisions will be reached by majority vote.

Joint parliament session adopts Supreme Court amendment bill

Regarding cases invoking the apex court’s original jurisdiction under Article 184(3), the bill stipulates that they must first be presented to the aforementioned committee for consideration.

Moreover, the bill grants the committee the authority to form a bench comprising at least three judges from the Supreme Court, which may include members of the committee itself, to adjudicate on matters of significant public importance relating to the enforcement of fundamental rights.

Comments

Comments are closed.

KO Oct 10, 2023 11:52am
The Supreme Court specially CJP Qazi Faez Isa deliberately wasting supreme court time by hearing this useless practise while thousand other very crucial cases are lined up. CJP Qazi Faez Isa is waste man ! should not be CJP
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Parvez Oct 10, 2023 01:32pm
The perception evolving is that the SC is reviving and complicating a settled issue.....inorder to fulfill a political agenda to please a corrupt few.
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Abdul Hanan Oct 10, 2023 04:56pm
May Allah protect my beloved country from this kind of judiciary who are wasting resources and time of Pakistani people on useless issues so as to create more drama
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Naveed Choudhry Oct 10, 2023 07:02pm
Nowhere in the world parliament is subservient to judges. Parliament represents people of Pakistan, how can a handful of judges disrespect the verdict of people’s representative body?
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Parvez Oct 10, 2023 08:14pm
@Naveed Choudhry , Your concept hold good if and where a legitimate Parliament exists that ACTUALLY represents the will of the people......in our country like in many others ( America for example ) it is the SC that has the final say. Also in a country where there is a written Constitution only the SC had the final say.
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Dr. Murtaza Oct 11, 2023 11:12am
#SupremeCourtofPakistan Why do some judges abuse the process by frequently interrupting the submissions made by lawyers? The Chief Justice has the authority to regulate the proceedings. One judge said that he had right to ask the questions to learn more. If he needs to acquire knowledge, he should do so through alternative means. If such interruptions have not taken place, the proceedings could have been completed in just two days. Public funds and the people of Pakistan hold greater importance than the ego of these judges. The people of Pakistan are superior to these judges and even to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, as stipulated by the Constitution. Please avoid wasting the time and money of the people of Pakistan.
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Dr. Murtaza Oct 11, 2023 11:32am
#SupremeCourtofPakistan Why do some judges abuse the process by frequently interrupting the submissions made by lawyers? The Chief Justice has the authority to regulate the proceedings. One judge said that he had right to ask the questions to learn more. If he needs to acquire knowledge, he should do so through alternative means. If such interruptions have not taken place, the proceedings could have been completed in just two days. Public funds and the people of Pakistan hold greater importance than the ego of these judges. The people of Pakistan are superior to these judges and even to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, as stipulated by the Constitution. Please avoid wasting the time and money of the people of Pakistan.
thumb_up Recommended (0)