Supreme Court Rules and Procedure Bill has been handed to President Arif Alvi for approval by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.
The opposition, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), protested against the Judicial Reforms Bill, which was earlier passed by the Senate following the National Assembly with a majority vote today.
Federal Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar introduced a motion for judicial reform bill and provided information during the Senate meeting presided over by Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. The bill was then adopted clause by clause.
The Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Bill 2023 received 60 yes votes in favor and 19 no votes in the Senate.
The three senior-most justices in the higher judiciary would now have the authority to take suo motu notice under the Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Bill.
The Supreme Court Rules and Procedure Bill has been handed to President Dr. Arif Alvi for approval by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.
The measure will become a normal Act of Parliament with President Dr. Arif Alvi’s signature. If the President expresses no view, the bill will automatically become law within 10 days of passage.
Speaking about the Supreme Court Practice and Procedure law, 2023, the President questioned its timeliness in light of the National Assembly’s passage of a law yesterday that would limit the use of suo motu.
He said that although I had seen the draft of the law before it was introduced, I had not yet seen the actual measure. When it did, he said, he would review it and determine whether to approve it, adding that he would contribute to the situation’ worsening rather than its resolution.