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Voice of The People Report: VOP Latest Breaking News For the first time in Pakistan’s history, the Supreme Court on Monday began live streaming the hearing of cases on the first day of the new Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa.
Pakistan Supreme Court live streams hearing for first time, Chief Justice present
Justice Isa, 63, took oath as the 29th Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Sunday after the retirement of Justice Umar Ata Bandial.
His tenure will span 13 months, ending on October 25, 2024.
Full court constituted by newly appointed CJP.
Departing from the previous practice, Isa began with live streaming of a set of petitions challenging the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023” which requires the formation of benches on constitutional matters of public importance by a committees of three senior judges of the court.
The previous coalition government led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) through this law passed in April this year tried to dilute the powers of the then chief justice Bandial on the issue of suo motu by curtailing his powers on the formation of judges panels.
Full court meeting held to consider live broadcasting.
Bandial had stayed the operation of the law until its final adjudication and the new chief justice on the first day set up a full court bench and began proceedings.
The law states that’s a 3 member bench, comprising the CJP and the 2 senior most judges of the apex court, will decide whether or not to take up a matter suo motu. Previously, this was solely the prerogative of the CJP.
Additionally, it adds to the review jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, giving the rights to file an appeals within 30 days of the judgements in suo motu cases.
CJP Isa reaches court in personal car without protocol.
It is the same law which if upheld would allow former premier and PMLN supremo Nawaz Sharif to file an appeal against his disqualification by the Supreme Court in 2017.
Separately, Justice Isa also refused to receive a guard of honour upon arriving at the apex court for his first day as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, another departure from the previous practices.