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Enrolment as lawyer: Chief Justice of Pakistan’s address on the occasion

Islamabad, December 08, 2012 (PPI-OT): Ladies and Gentlemen!

I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome you all to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Indeed, it is a matter of great privilege and pride for you that now you will be able to practice in the apex Court of the country.

This is the moment to cherish and look up to as it will herald you into a world where your professional acumen and abilities will be tested to the core. Your enrollment as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is a significant acknowledgement of your life long commitment to the profession of law.

The profession of law is undoubtedly a noble one in the sense that its members are equally responsible for the administration of justice and as a practitioner of law you have to behave like an epitome of rule of law and incarnation of supremacy of Constitution in the country. As the proverb goes, you have to wear law on your sleeves all the time.

This additional attribute of your profession puts an added responsibility on your shoulders. On the one hand, you have to assist the highest Court of the land in ensuring complete justice is meted out to the litigants in all manners of cases and on the other hand, you have to build and enforce the public opinion about ensuring rule of law in the country. These unique characteristics of your profession distinguish you from rest of the professional classes in the society.

The country witnessed unprecedented changes in the wake of lawyers’ movement resulting into a healthy debate about the need to change our old habits where many expediencies held sway over rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution.

In today’s Pakistan the independent judiciary duly supported by the media and the civil society has rendered landmark judgments with one and only one baseline i.e. “all and sundry to follow rule of law and there is no immunity for anyone come what may”. It is high time that this sea change in our constitutional and political history is accepted by all without any ifs and buts.

This is a new Pakistan where old structures are crumbling and past demons of extra constitutional deviations are being exterminated one by one. We have learned from history that no country can realize the dream of progress and prosperity for its people without following the route of rule of law and supremacy of Constitution.

The early we imbibe this message in the life blood of our existence the sooner we will reach the Promised Land. What better time for all of you to join the league of those who by virtue of their profession are bound to follow the dictates of law and constitution throughout their life, and help their countrymen in realizing the dream of rule of law and supremacy of Constitution.

Being the lawyer of the apex Court of the Country, it is your added responsibility to fully make yourself well versed with the challenges being faced by both the Bench and the Bar in view of raised expectations of people.

It is my firm belief that charity begins at home. Unless and until the lawyers are committed to their job, the output of the institution cannot sustain improvement over a period of time. You must exercise extreme care in picking up your briefs. Once committed to a case, you should focus on it in a most honest and diligent manner. Your assistance to the Bench, while exercising professional work ethics and avoiding frivolous adjournments, will increase the output of the Courts.

This will be a win win situation for everybody. Not only the litigants will get early and well deserved relief but the lawyers will also get more cases in view of increased respect and credibility of the institution as a whole.

In the end, I will again reiterate the fact that in the present day and age the lawyers’ community generally and the institution of judiciary particularly have gained much respect from the people of Pakistan and even beyond. To keep this respect and honour intact, it is incumbent upon both the Bench and the Bar to leave no stone unturned to provide services to the citizens who knock at the door of judiciary at any level.

To achieve this lofty objective, both the Bench and the Bar should consistently strive to work hard and leave the rest to Almighty Allah who has the power and the authority to bestow respect and glory or otherwise to any person or institution. May Almighty Allah be the guide for you in all your endeavours.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

For more information, contact:
Shahid Hussain Kamboyo
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 920 4184
Fax: +9251 920 1001
Email: pro_scp@yahoo.com

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