Justice Umar Ata Bandial takes oath as 28th CJP


He is the first non-PCO judge to become CJP in decades
Justice Umar Ata Bandial was sworn in as the 28th Chief Justice of Pakistan at an impressive ceremony at Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad on Wednesday, media reported.
President Dr. Arif Alvi administered the oath to the new chief justice of the Supreme Court at a ceremony in President House.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff committee and services chiefs, federal ministers, retired and serving judges, chief justices of the high courts and parliamentarians attended the oath-taking ceremony.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial was born in Lahore on September 17, 1958 and received his early education in Pakistan. He secured his B.A. (Economics) degree from Columbia University, USA followed by a Law Tripos degree from Cambridge University, UK and qualified as Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, London. In 1983, he was enrolled as an Advocate of the Lahore High Court and some years later, as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial was elevated as Judge of the Lahore High Court on 04.12.2004. He declined oath under PCO in November, 2007 but was restored as a Judge of the Lahore High Court as a result of the lawyers and civil society movement for revival of the Judiciary and Constitutional rule in the country. Later, he served for two years as Chief Justice, Lahore High Court until his elevation as Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan in June 2014.
The notification for the appointment of Justice Bandial as the next CJP was issued by the law ministry on January 17. Justice Bandial will serve in the top judicial office until Sept 16, 2023, when he is due to be replaced by Justice Qazi Faez Isa.