ISLAMABAD: The Judges of Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided some 15,928 cases collectively including 808 pending cases between January 2017 and January 2019, according to documents evaluated for the performance of IHC.
During the period, the learned justices decided 5,296 urgent cases, 1,450 motion as well as 8,322 notice cases.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani stayed ahead by resolving 3,928 cases in the category of single bench. IHC Chief Justice Ather Minillah, gave judgements in some 3,807 cases while Justice Amir Farooq decided some 2,835 cases. Justice Aurangzeb gave verdict on some 2,153 cases in the said period.
The performance report of the divisional bench disclosed that bench made up of Chief Justice Ather Minillah, and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Auranzaib topped the list in resolving the cases while the division bench comprising of Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani resolved some 1,183 cases.
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The larger bench comprising of Justice Ather Minillah, Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar solved 27 cases collectively. According to the details, as many as 150 cases are filed daily on an average in IHC, while total of more than 150 cases were pending.
At least 20% of cases go in the pending table due to the shortage of judges.
The president of Islamabad Bar Association Raja Inam Ameen Minhas told Daily Express that there is enormous workload on the judges of IHC due to the presence of constitutional bodies here in the capital and fewer numbers of judges. He identified that three vacant seats of judges of IHC has worsened the situation. He told that the IHC outnumbered, on comparison, Lahore High Court (LHC) in pending cases. He emphasised that lawyers belonging to Islamabad should be preferred during the appointment as judges.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2019.
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