ISLAMABAD - Lauding judicial bent of mind and judicious conduct of female judges, Judge of Supreme Court, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk has said that litigant public usually views that the female judges neither discriminate nor grant unnecessary adjournments.
He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of one-week training course on ‘management of family cases inclusive of two-day workshop on challenges being faced by the female judges’ for female judges of the Family Courts from all over Pakistan including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan here at the Federal Judicial He Academy (FJA) on Monday.
Sharing his experience about the appointment of two female judges in the then troubled terrain of Swat, the judge of the apex court said: “0When I was the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court in 2004-5, I appointed two female judges in Swat. A month later, I visited Swat and got a mixed kind of reaction from the senior and junior members of the bar association. “It is, indeed, natural but when I visited my relatives and met the litigant public there and they opined that the female judges do not discriminate against, they do not grant unnecessary adjournments in the cases and they also asked me to replace male judges with female judges. This, indeed, testifies the integrity and judicious conduct of women judges.”
Referring to two days workshop on ‘the challenges being faced by the female judges”, which is a part and parcel of the ongoing orientation course, he urged the trainee Family Judges to take it very seriously and mention all those problems and challenges.
“The challenges which are being faced by you would be communicated to the honorable chief justices of the provincial high courts. However, you give your suggestions and recommendations. One of your recommendations must be like this: “It must be placed before the Honorable Chief Justices of the provinces.” Obviously, the honorable chief justices of the provinces are authorized to implement your suggestions and recommendations” he maintained.
Earlier, Parvaiz Ali Chawla, DG of the Academy, presented his welcome speech and rationale behind conducting such a training course. He urged the Family judges to take maximum benefit from the training course and share each experience with each other during the course because such like sharing would become beneficial for them to administer justice to the litigant public especially, the victims in Family matter cases, expeditiously.
Hashim Abro spokesman of the Academy said that seventeen female judges are undergoing this one-week training at the Academy.