PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday has posted Judicial Officers to the newly merged Districts of Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan to set up makeshifts courts and start hearing of cases.

The Registrar of PHC Khawaja Wajih Ud Din has issued a notification on Monday stating that the makeshift arrangements have been made the period of 06 months for which sizable promotions were made by the Administration Committee of the high court.

In the first leg, the registrar announced, for each tribal District, there will be a District & Sessions Judge, 02 Additional District & Sessions Judges and 01 Senior Civil Judge. While in due course Civil Judges cum Judicial Magistrates will be appointed.

These posted officers have been directed to relinquish the charge of their present post with immediate effect and minimize the joining time so as to ensure that the vacuum situation prevailing at the tribal districts ends at the earliest.

Wajih-ud-Din further disclosed that there are 907 posts of the support staff at courts all the tribal Districts for which the process of recruitment shall start immediately. He ensured that as per Rules the recruitment of the support staff shall be carried out strictly on merit and from amongst the bona fide domiciled residents of these newly merged Districts.

The registrar added that a requisition has been sent to the Provincial Public Service Commission for recruitment of 24 Civil Judges cum Judicial Magistrates on urgent basis. It was revealed that the Peshawar High Court in coordination with KP Judicial Academy is working on war footing to devise a training course for these judicial officers so as make them conversant with the peculiar customs and riwaj of these Districts.

The registrar further informed that Peshawar High Court has also shared with the Provincial Government the budget estimates for the District Judiciary of these newly merged District and it is hoped that necessary financial support shall be carried out at the earliest.

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