Number of pending cases hits all time high

The quantity of instances pending inside the Supreme Court has hit the best degree since the advent of the usa in 1947. According to a fortnightly disposal report, fifty four,965 instances have been pending inside the apex court as of June 30.

It is anticipated that the variety of pending instances may also in addition growth on account of the ongoing summer time vacations as the general public of the SC judges aren’t listening to cases proper now.

When Incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial took oath because the CJP on February 2, 2022, a total of 53,964 instances have been pending in the SC. Over 10,000 instances have been introduced to a backlog of instances at some stage in the term of CJP Bandial’s predecessor, CJP Gulzar Ahmed.

However, the number of pending instances turned into reduced by means of 2,000 instances in a yr in spite of the fact that two positions of SC judges were vacant for lots months. According to an SC assertion issued on February 25 this yr, the wide variety of pending instances dropped from 54,735 to 52,450 in a 12 months.On September 12, 2022, the CJP had expressed desire that with the continued efforts of fellow judges, the top courtroom could lower the variety of pending cases to around 45,000 cases inside the subsequent six months. Unlike his predecessor, CJP Bandial had maintained subject in formation of benches.

However, things began to exchange while the SC led by means of CJP Bandial invoked suo motu jurisdiction over the put off in elections for 2 provincial assemblies in February this year.

The current fortnight report found out that a total of fifty four,965 instances had been pending inside the apex court as of June 30. More than 2,000 instances have been introduced to the total number of pending cases when you consider that February.

Currently, 15 judges are working at the SC even as posts have been vacant for the last eight to 9 months. Justice Musarrat Hilali is probable to take oath as an SC judge within the next couple of days.

Some professionals believe that judicial politics is also affecting adjudication of instances.

The SC is effectively divided into camps with seven judges in one camp and 8 in the different. Some judges are reluctant to sit down on the equal bench with some of their colleagues.

In February, Justice Isa in his judicial order referred to that a case management committee of the SC became set up to present its opinion on how quality to take care of the massive number of cases which had amassed. The order similarly examine that the committee had submitted its document on March 1, 2022.

“The [SC] Registrar informs us that the said file was despatched for the approval of the Hon’ble Chief Justice on 22 July 2022 and his lordship’s approval is awaited,” it brought. Justice Isa has now not end up part of any bench for extra than months.

In May last year, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah identified delays inside the disposal of cases as the most important assignment dealing with the criminal justice device, regretting that the pendency in cases devastates households and litigants.

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