Justice Athar Minallah, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Tuesday officially opened the city’s first courthouse. The complex will make it easier for judges, attorneys, and litigants to administer justice.
Inaugural Ceremony of Judicial Complex
Hafeezullah Yaqoob, president of the Islamabad District Bar Association, Justice Aamer Farooq, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Athar Minallah, chief justice of the IHC, and representatives of the Islamabad Bar Association also took part in the ceremony.
Speaking to the audience, Justice Athar emphasised the importance of giving people access to quick and affordable justice. He continued by saying that helping litigants who come to the courts is their top priority. District courts are a crucial component of the legal system, according to Justice Athar, but it is tragic that they are not given any weight on the state’s priority list.
Justice Athar stated that it is a matter of happiness that this first foundation for granting access to justice has been laid with their efforts. He said that the lawyers weren’t treated with the respect they deserved.
Since many years ago, Islamabad has been without a district judicial complex. Currently, courts are located in rented buildings in Sector F-8, where neither the litigants nor the court staff have access to proper facilities.
He hoped that they would be successful in getting the litigants their justice sooner and that they would regain faith in the legal system.
The Chief Justice of the IHC stated that the building of the Islamabad Judicial Complex sends a strong message that the capital’s legal community is dedicated to helping litigants. He also commended the work of the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and Capital Development Authority (CDA), whose efforts allowed this project to be finished in just 14 months.