Justice Ijazul Ahsan of the Lahore High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing of a petition seeking written examinations and an interview for recruitments to vacant posts of judges of the superior courts.
The court set October 22 for the next date of hearing.
The judge appointed lawyer Shehzad Shaukat as amicus curie (friend of the court) to assist on the court on this issue.
A deputy attorney general sought more time to file a reply. The judge directed an additional advocate general to file the government’s reply by October 22.
The petition was moved on behalf of the Lawyers’ Foundation through its president, Syed Feroz Shah Gilani.
The petitioner’s counsel, Malik Tariq Aziz, said judges should not be appointed by the Supreme Judicial Council.
He said that the procedure followed currently violated of rights of eligible candidates.
He said it was promoting favouritism and nepotism.
He said open applications should be sought through advertisements for appointment of judges.
He said written examination, interviews and psychological tests should be mandatory.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2013.
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