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JCP Appoints First Female Chief Justice Lahore High Court

Justice Aalia's appointment is a testament to her dedication and hard work, setting a precedent for future generations.

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) has unanimously nominated Justice Aalia Neelum as the first-ever female Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC). This landmark decision was made during a JCP meeting chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa. Justice Aalia, who is third in the seniority list of the LHC, succeeds Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan following his elevation to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Justice Aalia’s nomination is a significant step towards gender equality in Pakistan’s judiciary. She brings a wealth of experience and a distinguished legal career to her new role. Born on November 12, 1966, Justice Aalia completed her LL.B. from the University of the Punjab in 1995 and was enrolled as an advocate a year later. She further enhanced her qualifications with a Master’s degree in Political Science, multiple law-related diplomas, and a B.Ed degree.

A Distinguished Legal Career

Justice Aalia Neelum has made notable contributions to the legal field since her elevation to the LHC bench in 2013. She was appointed an ad-hoc judge of the LHC in 2013 and became a permanent judge in 2015. Her legal practice spans various fields, including constitutional, civil, criminal, and anti-terrorism law. Justice Aalia has also been a focal person for gender-based violence courts and has established standard operating procedures for recording evidence via video link, showcasing her commitment to modernizing the judiciary.

In addition to her extensive judicial experience, Justice Aalia has rendered several reported judgments on critical issues. Her academic and professional background positions her well to lead the LHC and inspire future generations of female legal professionals in Pakistan.

Other Appointments

In the same JCP meeting, Justice Shafi Muhammad Siddiqui was unanimously nominated as the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC). This appointment follows the elevation of former SHC Chief Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi to the Supreme Court. Justice Shafi’s nomination ensures continued leadership and stability within the SHC.

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These historic appointments mark a new era for Pakistan’s judiciary, emphasizing the importance of diversity and representation at the highest levels of the legal system. The inclusion of Justice Aalia Neelum as the Chief Justice of the LHC and Justice Shafi Muhammad Siddiqui as the Chief Justice of the SHC highlights the judiciary’s commitment to upholding justice and equality.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa, who chaired the JCP meeting, has expressed confidence in the capabilities of both newly appointed judges. Their leadership is expected to bring progressive changes and reinforce the judiciary’s role in safeguarding human rights and delivering fair justice.

Justice Aalia’s Vision for the Future

As the first female Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, Justice Aalia Neelum aims to enhance the efficiency and transparency of the judicial process. She is committed to ensuring that the judiciary remains accessible and responsive to the needs of the people. Her focus on gender-based violence courts and the use of technology in judicial proceedings reflects her forward-thinking approach.

Justice Aalia’s appointment is a testament to her dedication and hard work, setting a precedent for future generations. Her leadership will undoubtedly inspire more women to pursue careers in law and contribute to the judiciary, fostering a more inclusive and equitable legal system in Pakistan.