thenews.com.pk 20 Sep, 2020 02:00 am

Govt willing to review 19th Amendment for merit-based appointment of judges

Govt willing to review 19th Amendment for merit-based appointment of judges
ISLAMABAD: The PTI government is not satisfied with the present system of appointing judges of the superior judiciary but instead of reverting to the old system, it wants to evolve a merit-based...

“We are willing to discuss with the opposition changes in the 19th Amendment that would make the judges’ appointment process merit-based,” the source said, adding that the opposition wanted to revert to the old system that was also selection-based.The pre-18th Amendment process of appointing judges gave the judiciary dominance in regulating the appointment of judges.However, following the Supreme Court’s intervention, parliament passed the 19th amendment to bring in the present process of judges’ appointment.In theory, this involves a parliamentary body but it is more of a ritual as the judiciary has a dominant say in the appointment of judges.

The intention of the 18th Amendment was to give parliament a role in the appointment of judges.Similarly, for the appointment of judges of the High Courts, the chief justice of the concerned High Court forwarded a panel to the President which was channelled through the governor of the province and the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

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