The Supreme Court has released its proposed cause list for the four weeks starting from October 2, with the intention of allowing lawyers, advocates-on-record, and parties to adequately prepare for their cases and participate in court proceedings.
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) had requested the monthly proposed cause list during a recent meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and senior puisne judge Justice Sardar Tariq Masood. In response to this request, the Supreme Court has committed to issuing the proposed cause list in advance for four weeks within the month, aiming to enhance transparency in the court’s proceedings.
The proposed cause list is available on the Supreme Court’s official website, and parties involved may request adjustments as needed. Additionally, the court has pledged to disclose the number of cases filed and disposed of each week, further enhancing transparency in its operations.
During the week of September 18 to September 22, 2023, a total of 225 cases were filed, and 205 cases (excluding civil miscellaneous appeals) were disposed of by the Supreme Court. This data reflects the court’s ongoing workload and commitment to resolving cases efficiently.
For the upcoming week from September 25 to September 28, five benches of the Supreme Court will be responsible for hearing nearly 400 cases of various types, including civil, criminal, and tax-related matters. The benches will be led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Yahya Afridi, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel. Among the cases scheduled for hearing is the Faizabad Dharna review case, which will be taken up by a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Isa on September 28.
Following discussions with the Chief Justice and Justice Masood, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) announced the formation of a committee tasked with developing a policy for scheduling hearings of cases involving litigants who have been awaiting justice for extended periods. This initiative aims to address the backlog of cases and prioritize those that have been pending for years. Additionally, the PBC intends to formulate a policy for scheduling criminal and land grabbing cases for hearings.