ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Isa urged Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to “immediately” convene a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) to fill the vacant Supreme Court seats as unfilled seats may leave the country’s highest court “dysfunctional”, it emerged on Friday.
According to the details, Justice Isa appealed to the CJP, who also works as the chairman of the JCP, in a letter dated September 28. A copy of the letter is available with Geo.tv.
The senior puisne judge highlighted that the five vacancies mean that the apex court has lost 726 working days and more than “50,000 cases have accumulated in the Supreme Court” during this time.
“It pains me to state that cases filed in the Supreme Court are unlikely to ever get decided if the vacancies are not filled in,” Justice Isa told the CJP in the letter.
The judge reminded the JCP chairman that people have “invested heavily in the Supreme Court which employs about 700 staff and has a considerable budget”. He further argued that it was “not understandable why the Supreme Court” was working at a 30% reduced capacity in such circumstances.”
“Every passing day that the five vacancies remain unfilled adds to the existing mountain of cases, threatening to render it insurmountable, which may leave the Supreme Court dysfunctional. The same staff and money which would serve a full court also serve a truncated one, therefore, there is a needless haemorrhaging of resources,” Justice Isa stated.
The senior puisne judge the constitutional obligation of “expeditious justice” falls on the supreme court and the responsibility falls on Justice Bandial as he is the chief justice. We must not let down the people of Pakistan and erode their confidence in the Supreme Court and continue to waste their hard-earned money, he added.
“Sir, I have repeatedly called upon you to do your constitutional duty, and let the members of the commission do theirs. Therefore, please convene a meeting of the commission immediately to enable the commission to nominate judges to the Supreme Court,” concluded Justice Isa.
The last JCP meeting was held in July last year where it was reported based on sources that the commission had rejected CJP Bandial’s nominated judges of higher courts for their elevation to the SC.