Lahore High Court Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik said on Sunday the number of cases decided by the court was more than the number of cases filed during his three months in office.
He was speaking to lawyers at Punjab Judicial Academy.
He said 57,678 cases were disposed of in 70 working days from March 31 to July 3. The number of new cases filed before the court were 48,359.
The chief justice said when he had taken oath of office on March 30 the number of cases pending hearings was 156,293. Of these, 88,679 cases were pending hearing at the principal seat, 40,367 at Multan bench, 12,911 at Bahawalpur bench and 14,336 at Rawalpindi Bench.
The current number of cases pending hearing in the court was 146,974.
He said he had decided to speed up the disposal of cases pending hearing from before 2007. He said the court had disposed of 72 per cent of such cases – 14,753 cases. Of these, he said 6,826 were disposed of at the principal seat, 6,042 at Multan bench, 986 at Bahawalpur bench and 899 at Rawalpindi bench.
The updated number of cases filed before 2007 and still pending hearings was 4096. Of these, he said 2,138 were pending hearing at the principal seat, 1,713 at Multan bench and 200 at the Rawalpindi bench. He said cause list for such cases was printed on red paper to distinguish them from other cases. He said some of these cases dated back to 1980s. He said it showed that there was some truth to the cliché that litigation continued over generations. However, he said the court was trying its level best to improve the time taken in disposal of cases.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2015.