LHC chief judge inaugurates first evening court



Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq on Friday inaugurated the first-ever evening court in here at Judicial Complex.

Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan, Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, Justice Athir Mahmood, Justice Muzamil Khtar Shabir, Justice Shakilur Rehman Khan, Punjab Bar Council Vice Chairman Bushra Qamar, Lahore Bar Association President Malik Arshad, District and Sessions Judge Lahore Abid Hussain Qureshi, Senior Civil Judge Lahore Shakeeb Imran, civil judges and a large number of lawyers were attended the inauguration ceremony.

The model Guardian Court will deal with the cases of minors’ custody, especially in order to keep the children of separated parents away from traditional environment of courts.

The pilot project has been initiated from Lahore and the evening court will work from 2pm to 7pm every working day. it will further be extended to 36 other districts if required for expeditious decision of family cases under the West Pakistan Family Courts Act, 1964 and the Guardians & Wards Act, 1890 to secure the welfare of the minors and protect the best interest of the litigant public.

Speaking on the occasion, LHC Chief Justice Haq said that he was connected with this profession for the past 40 years and had worked with almost all sorts of courts and tribunals.

He said that he was well aware of the problems as he himself faced them as a lawyer and a common man.

The LHC CJ said that after taking oath, he tried to take steps for resolution of these problems every day. “Whatever could have been improved, I have tried my level best to accomplish it,” he added.

Haq said that besides evening court, other remarkable steps had also been taken to reduce sufferings of the litigants a week ago. Now all orders of Punjab judiciary were available on the official website and anyone could get their copy or read them, he said.

The LHC CJ said that all steps were being taken with consultation of the high court judges. The LHC registrar had been appointed with consensus of the administrative committee member judges, for the first time, he said and added that they should try to strengthen the institution.

He said that in order to improve performance of judges, all newly appointed civil judges were being trained for a period of eight months. The administrative committee approved appointment of eight additional district and sessions judges on Friday and they would also undergo eight months training, he added.

Justice Haq said that all these improvements were not possible without cooperation of the bar. He thanked LBA President Arshad Malik for playing a pivotal role in establishing the evening court. He also thanked the media for spreading information regarding the evening court. APP