In an effort to reduce a backlog of 57,000 cases, the Supreme Court of Pakistan disposed of 257 cases in a week. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa, is taking steps to rebuild the image of the court, which has been perceived as divided in the past. He is not seeking revenge for past grievances against him, but instead is focused on bringing much-needed reforms. Justice Isa involves senior judges in important matters and holds regular meetings with bar associations and law officers. He held a full court meeting soon after assuming office and established a bench to hear the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023. Justice Isa also allowed the live streaming of court proceedings and appointed a director general for the Federal Judicial Academy. He emphasizes the importance of coming prepared to court and avoiding unnecessary adjournments. The Chief Justice maintains a sense of humor during hearings but also expects lawyers to be well-informed about their cases. He imposes costs on lawyers who waste the court’s time and emphasizes the importance of being efficient. Justice Isa prioritizes ordinary litigants over cases with political implications. This approach has garnered some criticism but has also been praised for its focus on efficiency and transparency.
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