LHCBA criticises delay in taking up petitions
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Bar Association’s (LHCBA) general house meeting on Friday passed a resolution against the Lahore High Court office’s repeated objections to certain petitions to avoid them or delay their hearings.
LHCBA president Justice (r) Fakhrunnisa Khokhar chaired the meeting, which passed the resolution presented by Dr A Basit. MD Tahir, Muhammad Kazim Khan, Aslam Tahirul Qadri, Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Bhutta and Sheikh Mushtaq also spoke on the issue.
The meeting said that delay in taking up petitions by the LHC office was tantamount to denying justice to citizens. It questioned the distribution of work among the LHC judges and urged the LHC administration committee to take note.
The LHC was bound to fix a case for hearing without delay once a counsel removed objections, she said. Rules did not permit any chief justice to act arbitrarily in this regard, she added. When briefed on the problems facing the legal community, the chief justice of Pakistan had said that he was not authorised to intervene in the administrative affairs of the LHC, she informed the house. A committee of lawyers had been formed, which would apprise the LHC chief justice about the concerns of lawyers, she said. The bar wanted to settle issues between the bar and the bench through talks, she said. staff report