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COMMENTS INVITED: Addition of the most common questions to the Bench Book, 2016

COMMENTS INVITED: Addition of the most common questions to the Bench Book, 2016

On the direction of hon’ble the Chief Justice (ref. letter #93-94/KPJA  dated 24.01.2018 ), the Academy has been working on a new chapter in the 2016 edition of the Bench Book. The new chapter will contain the most common legal questions with key judgments of the higher courts. A list of the key questions in civil law is available on kpja offical website (http://kpja.edu.pk/content/bench-book-civil-courts-proposed-chapter)  Please provide your comments in the box below. 

Chief Justice of Pakistan visits KP Judicial Academy

19.04.2018
Hon'ble the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, visited KP Judicial Academy today. Justice Umar  Ata Bindial, Justice Supreme Court and Mr. Arbab Muhammad Arif, Registrar SC accompanied him. Justice Yahya Afridi, Chairman, Justice Waqar Ahmad Sethi Vice Chairman and Mr. Muhammad Salim Khan, Registrar, Peshawar High Court were also present on the occasion.  The hon’ble Chief Justice visited various sections of the Academy including Radio Meezan.
During his address, hon’ble Chief Justice strongly advised the under-training Civil Judges to impart justice to the people expeditiously and without fear and favour of any kind from any source. He also advised them to develop full grip on law, including case law, so they should be able to do justice in the process of judicial decision making.
The address of the hon’ble Chief Justice was also heard by District & Sessions Judges of the province via Zoom, a video conferencing tool installed at the Academy.
Earlier, Dr Khurshid Iqbal, the DG, KPJA, welcomed the hon’ble guest and gave briefing about the Academy’s activities. He then presented a shield to the hon’ble Chief Justice. The hon’ble Chief Justice also planted a tree in the Academy and made a group photo with the trainees.

PRE-SERVICE TRAINING FOR NEWLY APPOINTED QAZIS OF BALOCHISTAN (Complementary Segment at KP Judicial Academy) (28 June – 4 July, 2018)

The training of fourteen (14) newly appointed Qazis of Balochistan Province was conducted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy pursuant to MOU signed with Baluchistan Judicial Academy. The key subjects of the training were: Ethics, conduct & attitude: Conduct & Qualifications of Qazis under Islamic law and its jurisprudence; Communication Skills & Techniques: Family Courts, Establishment, Jurisdiction & Functions: Framing of Issues in Family Cases; Conduct of Public Servant under the Relevant Pakistani Laws: Decorum and Dignity of Courts: Stress Management Skills & Techniques; Rent Laws: Order Sheet Writing in various kinds of civil cases and petitions; Judicial System in Malakand: An Introduction to  Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, 2009; Bench Bar Relationship in the Administration of  Justice; Pre-emption law: Pre-emption law: Judicial Discretion: Judicious Exercise. Besides, the trainees also visited Peshawar High Court and Peshawar Museum. They regarded training productive and  useful.

Remarkable Concluding Ceremony of Academy’s Flagship Pre-Service Training Programme - Tagged as the foundation course of raising up a new generation of judges

The KP Judicial Academy concluded its 3 months long Pre-Service Training of Civil Judges/Judicial Magistrates/Alaqa Qazi, 2018 (PST-CJM, 2018) today (July 6, 2018). An impressive ceremony was held. Peshawar High Court’s Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, who is also the Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Governors, was the chief guest on the occasion. A batch of 41 newly recruited civil judges/judicial magistrates/alaqa qazis received certificates of successful completion of their pre-service training. The youngest lot of judicial officers have been recruited after qualifying a competitive examination conducted by the KP Public Service Commission.

The ceremony commenced with the recitation from the Holy Qur‘an by Dr. Qazi Attaullah, Director, Research & Publications. Syed Anees Badshah Bukhari, Dean of Faculty, welcomed the guests and presented an overview of the PST. Dr. Khurshid Iqbal, the Director General, acknowledged the contributions of all staff of the Academy for their day and night hard work to make the PST a remarkable success. Ms. Meena Qaisar and Mr. Hamaish Khan, both class representatives from men and women trainees expressed views about the training. They informed their high ups about the knowledge and skills they were able to learn. The chief guest, Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth addressed the trainees.  He advised the trainees to fully utilize the knowledge and skills they have learnt at the training. He further advised the newly recruited judges to take due care of their integrity and dedicate all their energies to effective justice service delivery to the public so they should be able to pay back for their capacity building programme at the Academy. The Chief Justice was accompanied by other judges of the Peshawar High Court. They were: Justice Ikramullah Khan, Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Justice Ejaz Anwar, Justice Syed Arshad Ali and Justice Shakeel Ahmad.

About the training programme

It was the longest duration training course the Academy has conducted so far. The training programme was approved by the Academic Committee, the Chairman of the Board followed by the Board itself.  The 3 months duration was a big, rather historical, leap forward in the direction of putting the training regime on the way towards rising up a new generation of judges. The PST was designed with a holistic approach and great academic vigour. The theoretical framework used was the established troika of knowledge, skills and attitude/aptitude (KSA). The theoretical aspects were included with a view to sharpen the concepts of the trainees. The main thrust of the course was on skills and attitude/aptitude. The tools used for skills and attitude were demonstrations and practical exercises. A demonstration required a trainer to perform a specific judicial business him/herself. A practical exercise then involved the trainees to perform it themselves with the support of the trainer. 

Due consideration was paid to quality of teaching. To this end, before the commencement of the training a training of the trainer (ToT) was conducted for 12 Judicial Officers. While all of trained trainers were invited to deliver lecture, a large number of Judicial Officers from the field courts were also engaged in the teaching. In order to provide opportunity to all Judicial Officers interested in delivering lectures, the Academy invited all judges of the District Judiciary to express their interest for teaching in the Academy. Those who responded to the call were given the opportunity. The net thrown was widened by inviting others as well. Thus, the Academy was able to locate potential trainers for future.

A range of teaching modes and methods were used. They include class room lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, court attachments, field visits, extension lectures and individual counselling. To support our class room teaching, the Academy helped the trainees write assignments, initially in the form of weekly review and then by writing judgments and orders in actual cases the records of which were obtained from other districts. Various academic activities were conducted in the evening in the hostel, mostly under the direct academic supervision of a faculty member. Field visits, particularly, court attachment in Peshawar District Courts, visit to Police Stations in Peshawar and land settlement proceedings in district Nowshera, were arranged. A three-day excursion was also arranged to Islamabad, Muree and Nathiagali that included a call on the caretaker Prime Minister, Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk, the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Shari‘ah Academy of the International Islamic University, Islamabad.  For extension lectures topics of great significance were selected. Understanding the ideology of Pakistan was one of the topics. The idea was to apprise the trainees about the role and importance of Islamic ideology of Pakistan and the current challenges to it. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, the Vice-Chancellor of the Riphah International University, Islamabad. Understanding current debates in contemporary jurisprudence was another topic of an extension lecture. The lecture aimed at sensitizing the trainees to the importance of current debates in the realm of legal theory. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Munir, DG, Shariah Academy and Vice-President of the International Islamic University, Islamabad, delivered the lecture.

The training was a graded one. The assessment was conducted as per the modes we have proposed in our concept note. With a view to inculcate motivation, encourage competition and award the best ones, three top position holders in the overall assessment process were conferred with shields:  the Chairman Award was grabbed by Mr. Khalil Khan who won the first position; the DG Award went to Ms. Sidra Aslam being the second position holder; and the Dean Award was given to Mr. Salman Reyat Khan Khattak who stood third in the assessment process.The PST being the first of its kind and extraordinary till date, special certificates duly framed coupled with a bunch of key helpful resource books—a latest published translation of the Holy Qur‘an and Adabl-ul-Qazi—were presented to the trainees.

The PST was concluded with much fanfare as it laid the foundation of a new training regime that truly reflect the spirit of rising up a new generation of judge. It is hope in future the Academy will conduct similar PST with increased duration and enhanced academic strength. Indeed, it must go without saying that the District Judiciary, as the backbone of the judicial system, must be academically competent, professionally sound and ethically matchless.

News by Dr. Khurshid Iqbal,

Director General,

KP Judicial Academy

 

 

N.B. The video clips of the ceremony will be shared on the KP Judicial Academy’s website early next week.

Pre-Service Training for Newly Appointed Qazis of Balochistan (Complementary Segment at KP Judicial Academy)

A one-week training program for the newly appointed Qazis by High Court of Balochistan kicked off at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy on Thursday June 28, 2018. The course is part of the pre-service training already being conducted for them by the Balochistan Judicial Academy. Fifteen under training Qazis, two of them being ladies, are undergoing this first ever judicial education program from another province in KP Judicial Academy.

Excursion Trip for participants of PST-CJM 2018

PST-CJM participants also called onPrime Minister
June 22, 2018
The participants of ongoing of Pre-service Training for Civil Judges-cum Judicial Magistrates called on Prime Minister Justice (R)Naisr-ul-Mulk. The Prime Minister had an interactive session with participants during which he highlighted the importance of District Judiciary as the foundation of justice system and stressed that judges need to be extra careful in dispensing justice to the people at these courts. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of past and present management of the Academy in making it a center of excellence.
The participants also visited the Supreme Court Building and the Shariah Academy. Later on the trainees departed to Galiyat for a one day trip along with senior management of the Academy.

Workshop on International Humanitarian Law

May 26, 2018

Research Society of International Law, Islamabad (RSIL) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Pakistan organized a day long workshop for the District Judiciary on International Humanitarian Law at the Academy. The core thematic areas of the workshop were  Anti-Terrorism Act 1997: Impact and Challenges; Introduction to International Humanitarian Law with emphasis on Law on non-International Armed Conflicts, Use of Force, Preventive Detention,  Domestic Application: Counter-Terrorism and Militancy in Pakistan, with focus on Pakistan’s Counter-terrorism Legislative landscape and Domestic Humanitarian Law, Actions (in Aid of Civil Power) Regulation, 2011; and International Law and its relevance for the Judiciary in Pakistan.

Twenty five Additional District and Sessions Judges from various districts of the province participated specially District Abbottabad and Kohat attended the sessions through Video Conferencing System (Zoom).

Dr. Khurshid Iqbal, Director General KPJA, distributed certificates amongst the participants during the concluding ceremony.

Eight Board of Governors Meeting

May 21, 2018
The 8th Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting was held at KP Judicial Academy. Chairman KPJA / Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Hon'ble Justice Yahya Afridi chaired the meeting. Following members attended the meeting.
·         Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court (PHC), Chairman
·         Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, Peshawar High Court, Vice Chairman
·         The Additional Chief Secretary, Provincial Government, (Representative)
·         The Secretary Law, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs, Member
·         The Advocate General, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Member
·         Mr. Muhammad Salim Khan, The Registrar, PHC, Member
·         Mr. Muhammad Sharif Khan, The Member Inspection Team, PHC, Member
·         Mr. Zaka Ullah Khattak, The Additional Registrar, PHC, Member
·         The Principal, Khyber Law College, the University of Peshawar, Member
·         Dr. Khurshid Iqbal, The Director General, Member/Secretary
Dr. Khurshid Iqbal, Director General / Secretary BoG briefed the board on agenda.
The meeting ended with vote of thanks.

European Union (EU) delegation visits Academy

European Union (EU) delegation visits Academy

May 17, 2018
A team of EU funded project "Reinforcement of the Rule of Law in KP, FATA and Baluchistan" visited the Academy. The team comprised of Celine Bradet and Mr. Najam ud Din. Mr. Ijaz Ahmad (UNDP) was also present on occasion. The meeting focused on exploring areas of cooperation between the Academy and the EU.

Consultation Session with Judicial Officers on IHL, IP, JVS in Pakistan

May 12, 2018

The Society for the Human Rights and Prisoner's Aid (SHARP) conducted a day long consultation session with Judicial Officers of KP. The topics were International Humanitarian Law, International Protection and Juvenile Justice System in Pakistan.

Representative of UNHCR conducted interactive sessions on the above mentioned topics. More than 20 Judicial Officers from District Charsadda and Peshawar attended the session at the Academy. Judicial officers from District Karak also participated through Video Conferencing (Zoom).

Earlier, Dr. Khurshid Iqbal, DG KPJA welcomed the participants and representatives of SHARP. He also chaired the concluding ceremony and distributed amongst the participants.

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