A ban has been placed on all evening classes offered at different law colleges and universities in Pakistan by the Supreme Court. The aim is to improve law education.
Judgment issued by the apex court stated, “Ban against the holding of evening classes Colleges/Universities. There shall be a complete ban on evening classes being offered at all law colleges/universities across Pakistan. 11. Introduction of Special Equivalence Examination for Law Graduates of foreign universities (by HECP).”
Justice Umar Ata Bandial has given the verdict. The other bench members included Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan
The decision stated, “The current three years LL.B. programme shall be phased out and law colleges throughout Pakistan shall not admit students to their three years LL.B. programme after 31 December 2018.”
It was also decided that if a university does not offer a law programme and is not recognized by PBC, it cannot grant unauthorized affiliation to any institute that pretends to be a law college.
The court said, “A Law Graduate Assessment Test (LAW-GAT) of law graduates seeking enrolment to the Bar shall be held on a quarterly basis by HECP as the executing institution throughout Pakistan based on a question bank prepared for the Assessment Test.”
“The Judicature has a Constitutional duty to enforce the Rule of law to safeguard the Constitution. In our legal system, the Courts perform dispute resolution in accordance with the Constitution and the substantive and procedural law laid down thereunder. The system flourishes with positive and productive cooperation between the Bar and the Bench for the ascertainment of the truth and decision of controversies according to the relevant and applicable law. An independent, competent, honest and industrious Judicature requires an equally independent, dynamic, honest and dedicated Bar in order to effectively provide justice in accordance with law to all members of the society.”