The Supreme Court convenes today under the new Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Qazi Faez Isa, to deliberate on the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act. In a groundbreaking move, the full bench has resolved to broadcast the proceedings live in 2023. The resolution came to light during a comprehensive meeting before the formal proceedings.
Pakistan Television’s cameras have been set up to facilitate this live broadcast. The primary courtroom, courtroom number one, has five cameras to capture various angles. Furthermore, four additional cameras have been positioned in the visitors’ gallery and a dedicated camera at the lawyers’ podium in front of the judges’ docks.
Pakistan’s freshly sworn-in Chief Justice, Qazi Faez Isa, established the comprehensive court. The bench consists of an array of esteemed justices, including, but not limited to, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, and Justice Munib Akhtar. Other notable judiciary members participating in this bench are Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi.
Advocating for Open Doors to Justice
In today’s earlier meeting with other Supreme Court judges to discuss the potential live broadcast of the day’s hearings, along with deliberations on strategies for the efficient adjudication of cases, it was revealed that directives for the live telecast were disseminated yesterday.
The new CJP Isa arrived at the Supreme Court driving his vehicle, forgoing the usual protocol. While interacting with the Supreme Court staff, he emphasized the court’s role as a problem-solving institution for the citizens. He advocated a hospitable approach, urging the staff to regard visitors as guests. Moreover, he stressed the necessity to keep the avenues to justice accessible to all, reinforcing that the doors to justice should always remain open.