Islamabad: CJP directs framing of service rules for FJA employees
Justice Iftikhar wants Federal Judicial Academy to become ‘centre of excellence’
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday directed that the service rules for the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) employees should be framed to secure their career.
Addressing the 33rd meeting of the FJA board of governors (BoG), he said, “In order to ensure career growth of the FJA employees, it was essential that the rules be framed at the earliest.”
The meeting discussed in detail a number of issues pertaining to the administration, budget, finance, and capacity building of the judicial officers as well as extension and enhancement of the academy as a “centre of excellence”.
The meeting was attended by Justice Shakirullah Jan, incharge of the FJA administration, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, incharge of the FJA academics, Dr Babar Awan, the federal minister for law, justice, and parliamentary affairs and also vice chairman of the FJA BoG, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany chief justice of the Sindh High Court, Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmad, the chief justice of the Lahore High Court, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, Justice Ejaz Afzal, the chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, Muhammad Masood Chishti, the ministry of law, justice and parliamentary affairs secretary, Maulvi Anawrul Haq, the attorney general of Pakistan, Dr Waqar Masood, the federal finance secretary, Dr Faqir Hussain, the Supreme Court registrar, and Parvaiz Ali Chawla, the FJA director general.
According to the FJA Act, the BoG meetings should be held after every six months, but no meeting of the academy had been organised since June 2009.
At least 70 low-ranking and administrative staff of the academy had complained that there were no rules for their promotion to the next grade as there were no service rules for them.
On October 6, 2010, around 62 employees of the academy had written a letter to the chief justice and BoG chairman expressing their frustration due to the unambiguous status of the academy.
In a five-page letter to the FJA chairman, they submitted that the employees had no scope of promotion as their status was not defined, which led to frustration among them.
The employees requested the CJP to enhance their allowances on the pattern of the Supreme Court employees, as they were involved in training of judges throughout the country.
The chief justice also said knowledge was central and essential for development, and to gain knowledge from anywhere, from any source, for the improvement of the judicial and legal education standard in the country was not a bad thing.
He said some visible progress had to be made to convert this the academy into a “center of excellence”, which in the long run could turn into a degree awarding institution.