A. Justice Umar Ata Bandial
B. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar
C. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa
D. Justice Gulzar Ahmed
Justice Umar Ata Bandial has been appointed new Chief Justice of Pakistan with effect from February 2, 2022. He took oath as the 28th Chief Justice of Pakistan at a ceremony at Aiwan-i-Sadr Justice. President Arif Alvi administered oath to Umar Ata Bandial.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial:
Born in Lahore on Sept 17, 1958, Justice Bandial received elementary and secondary education from different schools in Kohat, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Lahore. He secured a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University, followed by a Law Tripos degree from Cambridge and qualified as a barrister-at-law from the prestigious Lincoln’s Inn in London.
In 1983, he was enrolled as an advocate of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and a few years later, as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
In his law practice at Lahore, Justice Bandial dealt mostly with commercial, banking, tax and property matters. Justice Bandial also handled international commercial disputes after 1993, right up until his elevation.
Justice Bandial also appeared in arbitration matters before the Supreme Court and various international arbitral tribunals in London and Paris.
Justice Bandial was elevated as a judge of the LHC on Dec 4, 2004. He was one of the judges who declined to retake their oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) of Nov 2007, when Gen Pervez Musharraf proclaimed a state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007.
However, he was restored as a judge as a result of a lawyers’ movement for the revival of the judiciary.
Justice Bandial then served as chief justice of the LHC for two years until his elevation as a judge of the apex court in June 2014.