Justice Aalia Neelum sworn in as first female CJ LHC


Justice Aalia Neelum

LAHORE: In a simple and impressive ceremony, Justice Aalia Neelum was sworn in as the first female Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court by Governor Salim Haider on Thursday.

She was officially appointed as the 53rd Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court after approval of the Supreme Judicial Commission and the Parliamentary Committee on Judges’ Appointment.

The JCP, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, approved her elevation after considering the nominations of three judges for the position of LHC chief justice, including Acting Chief Justice Shujaat Ali Khan and Justice Ali Baqar Najafi.

The Ministry of Law and Justice issued notifications for the appointment of the Chief Justice after receiving approval from President Asif Ali Zardari.

The oath-taking ceremony for Justice Aalia Neelum was held on Thursday at the Governor’s House in Lahore.

Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz also attended the oath taking ceremony.

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Upon taking the oath of office, Justice Aalia Neelum will assume her duties as the first female Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court.

Justice Aalia Neelum was born in 1966 and obtained her law degree from Punjab University Law College in 1995. She holds other law diplomas as well.

She registered as a lawyer in 1996, became a High Court lawyer in 1998, and a Supreme Court lawyer in 2008. She has practiced in various fields, including constitutional, civil, criminal, and anti-terrorism law.

Justice Neelum was appointed as an ad hoc judge of the Lahore High Court in 2013 and became a permanent judge of the Lahore High Court in 2015. Now, she has been officially appointed as the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court.

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