The Supreme Court’s proposed cause list for the four weeks commencing from October 2 (Monday) has been issued.
The move is aimed at enabling lawyers, advocates-on-record and the parties to fully prepare for their cases and attend the court.
In their recent meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and senior puisne judge Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, the office-bearers of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) requested that the monthly proposed cause list should be issued.
According to a statement, conceding to this request, every effort will made to issue the SC’s proposed cause list in advance for four weeks falling within the month.
The proposed cause list is available on the apex court’s website — www.supremecourt.gov.pk — but adjustments therein may be requested.
In the interest of transparency, the number of cases filed each week and disposed by the SC will also be issued.
In the week starting from September 18, 2023 (Friday) to September 22 — both days inclusive — 225 cases were filed and 205 (excluding CMAs [[civil miscellaneous appeals]) were disposed of.
According to the cause list published on the apex court’s website on Friday, five benches of the top court will take up nearly 400 cases next week.
According to the list, the five benches for the judicial week from September 25 to 28 would be led by CJP Isa, Justice Masood, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel.
A total of 395 cases of various civil, criminal, and tax natures have been scheduled for hearing before these five benches.
They include the Faizabad Dharna review case, which will be taken up by a three-judge bench led by CJP Isa himself on September 28.
The highest number of cases, 160, has been fixed before a two-member bench led by Justice Masood. The CJP-led bench will hear 55 cases.
The remaining three-judge benches will take up 60 cases each.
After meeting with the CJP and Justice Masood, the PBC said a committee had been formed to chalk out a policy for fixing the hearings of cases of those litigants who had been waiting for years to receive justice.
PBC Executive Chairman Hassan Raza Pasha also told the media outside the SC building that a policy would be prepared to schedule criminal and land grabbing cases for hearing.