ISLAMABAD: Justice Mussarat Hilali Friday took oath as a Supreme Court docket decide, turning into the second lady in Pakistan’s 75-year historical past to be elevated to the highest courtroom.
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial administered the oath to Justice Hilali on the prime courtroom in a ceremony attended by SC judges, Lawyer Normal for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan, and members of the authorized fraternity.
Along with her appointment, the highest courtroom now has a complete of 16 judges, with one slot vacant.
Justice Hilali — the primary lady chief justice of Peshawar Excessive Court docket — will function the highest courtroom’s decide for a interval of three years earlier than her retirement. She was additionally the primary lady to turn into the CJ of any excessive courtroom within the nation.
Who’s Justice Hilali?
Born in Peshawar on August 08, 1961, Justice Hilali obtained a regulation diploma from Khyber Regulation School, Peshawar College and enrolled as an Advocate of District Courts in 1983, as an Advocate of the Excessive Court docket in 1988 and as an Advocate of the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan in 2006.
Being a feminine she had a number of achievements in her profession together with:
- First feminine elected as an office-bearer within the publish of secretary on the bar from 1988-1989
- Vice chairman on the bar (twice) from 1992 until 1994
- Normal Secretary from 1997 until 1998
- First feminine twice elected as an government member of the Supreme Court docket Bar Affiliation (SCBA) from 2007-2008 and 2008-2009
She was additionally the primary feminine Extra Advocate Normal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from November 2001 to March 2004 and was later appointed as the primary feminine Chairperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Safety Tribunal.
Justice Hilali additionally served as the primary feminine ombudsman for defense in opposition to the harassment of girls within the office.
She was elevated to the bench as an extra decide on March 26, 2013, and confirmed as a everlasting decide of the Peshawar Excessive Court docket on March 13, 2014.
On April 1, 2023, she took oath because the appearing CJ of PHC and was later confirmed because the PHC’s CJ on Could 12, 2023.