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Lawyers continue strike for establishment of LHC bench in Faisalabad

SARGODHA: The strike of Sargodha district bar's lawyers on Thursday entered into its second day demanding establishment of a Lahore High Court (LHC) bench in Faisalabad to ensure speedy and cheaper justice to the residents of the region. The protesting lawyers blocked vehicular traffic on the road in front of the sessions court here and chanted slogans in favor of their demand. "The lawyers will not appear in court until acceptance of their demands ", said secretary of the local bar. Yesterday, agitated lawyers…

Lawyers exercise right of vote to elect SCBA’s new body

ISLAMABAD: The members of Supreme Court Bar are exercising their right to vote on Wednesday (today) in the ongoing election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA)  to elect its new body for 2018-19. A total of 3,047 voters across the country cast their votes to elect the 22-member body. Ali Ahmed Kurd, the candidate fielded by Asma Jahangir Group contesting for the SCBA's President slot against Haimd Khan group's candidate, Amanullah Kanrani. Kurd, who was a leader of the lawyers’ movement for restoration of…

Nawaz consults lawyers about NAB cases against Sharif family

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday held consultations with his legal advisers about cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the Sharif family, including his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif, ARY News reported. As per details, the former premier specifically discussed the graft case against PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and his physical remand. Advocate Naseer Bhutta said the younger Sharif's lawyers would vehemently oppose any plea by NAB to further extend his physical remand.…

SC Commands- Lawyers’ degrees to be verified of year 2005 on wards

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has passed a verdict on Wednesday for verification of Lawyers degree form year from 2005 and beyond. These orders are passed due to trial of a suo motu case regarding the verification of degrees by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. The hearing is postponed until 10th July. It is expected from the Bar associations that they will fully cooperate to fulfill the SC orders. The procedure shall be executed at the Additional Registrar’s office, CJP ordered It needs to be mentioned here, that earlier in…

SC directs to verify degrees of lawyers enrolled in last decade

LAHORE: Supreme Court on Thursday directed to verify the educational degrees of all lawyers enrolled in the past ten years. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu notice at the Lahore registry pertaining to fake degrees by several members of the legal fraternity. Regarding the expenses required to verify degrees, the apex court directed all universities and law colleges to verify the authenticity of educational degrees within the stipulated time. Justice Nisar directed to submit detailed all…

Texas school gunman ‘confused,’ his lawyers say

TEXAS: The gunman accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 at a Texas high school last week was in a state of mental confusion, his attorneys said Monday, as schools beefed up security for students returning to classrooms.  At least two of those wounded in Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School were still hospitalized, including school police officer John Barnes, who remained in critical condition, said the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the school, faces charges of…

Two lawyers killed by firing at Lahore sessions court

LAHORE: At least two lawyers were killed in a firing incident at Lahore sessions court premises on Tuesday, ARY News reported. Police said that the incident of firing occurred after heated argument between lawyers over a property dispute. As a result, Advocate Rana Nadeem suffered fatal firearm wounds and died on the spot, whereas another lawyer Owais Talib, who also suffered bullet injuries, died later at a hospital. Police said they have taken a lawyer identified as Kashif Rajput into their custody over suspicion…

LHC chief justice blames backlog of cases on lawyers’ frequent strikes

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Sunday blamed increasing backlog of cases on lawyers’ frequent strikes, saying more cases would have been pulled off, if strikes had not taken place. Addressing a ceremony here, the chief justice said around 2.1 million cases were disposed of this year as compared to 2 million cases decided last year. He said more than 0.2 million cases would have been decided, if there had been no strikes on the part of lawyers, dispelling the impression that…

Lawyers go on rampage in Multan, vandalize new judicial complex

MULTAN: Dozens of lawyers went on rampage on Wednesday, vandalizing a newly-constructed Judicial Complex in Multan in protest against lack of basic facilities in courts. A large number of lawyers gathered outside the old judicial complex, from where they marched towards the newly constructed one on Matital Road. As they reached there, some of the protesting lawyers broke windowpanes, doors of the building and damaged furniture. Subsequently, a strong contingent of the police personnel was called in to control the…

LHC orders arrest of Multan bar president amid lawyers protest

LAHORE: Amidst protest by lawyers pressing for withdrawal of a contempt of court case against Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) Multan chapter president, a larger bench of LHC directed Multan police to ensure his arrest by Sept 08. The larger bench of LHC headed by Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah was hearing the contempt of court case against LHCBA Multan president Sher Zaman Qureshi. During the hearing, Multan Regional Police Officer (RPO) told the judges that the police conducted a number of raids to arrest…