- PPP Senator Farooq Naek presents bill to limit JCP powers.
- Bill proposes giving parliamentary committee more power.
- It proposes to change process of elevating judges to SC.
ISLAMABAD: PPP Senator Farooq H Naek on Monday passed a Constitutional Amendment Bill in the Senate, which aims to limit the powers of the Judiciary Committee of Pakistan (JCP) in appointing superior court judges. and give the committee a meaningful voice in the process.
Failed by the government on Member Day, according to The News, Senate President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani referred the bill to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice with instructions to submit his report to the chamber in within 15 days.
The veteran lawmaker, explaining the main features of the bill in house, said that the focus of the appointment of Supreme Court Justices, the JCP currently includes the Chief Justice of Pakistan, four Supreme Court Justices high, a retired Supreme Court Justice. Justice of the Court, Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Senior Counsel.
He pointed out that the balance was heavily tilted in favor of the judges when the bill proposed removing one of the four sitting judges to make it a seven-member panel.
In addition, it is proposed to change the composition of the Commission on Appointing Judges of the Supreme Court to reduce the total number of staff of this Committee from 13 to 11 people.
Senator Naek has made it clear that he does not want to discuss allegations of patronage in appointing judges, but points out that the constitution has been silent on the criteria for attorneys to be appointed in appointments. Justice.
The bill, he continued, proposes a committee initiate a name proposal within 60 days of a vacancy occurring, while the proposed committee should be issued by the respective judge of the court. headed high and then included two main judges, a defense general and a member of the bar.
Appointing high court CJ
The bill also proposes to stipulate the appointment of the Chief Justice of the highest Supreme Court as Chief Justice according to the line of the Supreme Court.
He regrets that the congressional committee on judicial appointments has become a mere buffer in the absence of its defined powers, thus, under the proposed amendment, the congressional committee when receiving nomination from JCP will check certification, competence, ethics. and financial integrity of the candidate and can confirm the candidate by a majority of all members within 30 business days, if failed that appointment will be considered confirmed.
He said that the eight-member parliamentary assembly would be able to reject nominations from three-quarters of the members.
Naek added that the congressional committee’s decision cannot be challenged in any court for any reason.
He emphasized that making the law is up to the parliament, while the judiciary interprets the law and the bureaucracy implements it, stating: “we want independent and effective judges.” .
He proposed a commission of retired Supreme Court justices to oversee the activities of senior court judges.