Whereas it is expedient to establish an academy for imparting training to
the judicial officers and court personnel with a view to develop their
capacity, professional competency and ethical standards for efficient
dispensation of justice and matters ancillary thereto;
It is hereby enacted
Short title, extent and commencement.–(1) This Act may be
cited as the Punjab Judicial Academy Act, 2007.
(2) It extends to the whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
Definitions.–In this Act–
“Academy” means the Punjab
JudicialAcademy established under
(b) “Board” means the Board of Management of the Academy;
(c) “Chairperson” means the Chairperson of the Board;
(d) “court personnel” means an employee of the establishment of the Lahore
High Court, a court and a tribunal under the administrative control of the
Lahore High Court;
“Director General” means the Director General of the Academy;
“faculty” means members of the teaching staff of the Academy;
(g) “Fund” means the Judicial Training Fund;
(h) “Government” means the Government of the Punjab;
“judicial officer” means a District Judge, a Sessions Judge, an Additional
District Judge, an Additional Sessions Judge, a Senior Civil Judge, a Civil
Judge, a Judicial Magistrate, a Special Judicial Magistrate or a presiding
officer of a court or a tribunal under the administrative control of the
Lahore High Court;
(j) “member” means a member of the Board;
(k) “prescribed” means prescribed by the rules made under this Act; and
means staff of the Academy.
Establishment of the Academy.–(1) The Government shall, by notification,
establish an Academy to be called the
(2) The Academy shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a
common seal with power to enter into contract and may sue or be sued by the
(3) The Academy shall be at Lahore.
Functions of the Academy.–The Academy shall–
(a) impart pre-service and in-service training to the judicial officers and
(b) develop the skills and techniques
for court management, case management, delay reduction, alternate dispute
resolution and judgment writing;
examinations and award certificates and diplomas;
(d) develop training
courses relating to administration of justice including use of information
conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia relating to court
management, administration of justice, law and development and legislative
(f) publish books,
journals, research papers and reports on important topics relating to
administration of justice;
(g) promote research on case management, court management, trial skills and
(h) encourage legal and constitutional research;
(i) inculcate and promote ethical values and standards in judicial officers
and court personnel;
(j) coordinate with other educational and training institutions including
(k) conduct training and examinations of other officers and personnel on
the direction of the Board; and
(l) perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Board.
5.Manner of training.– (1) The Academy shall use all modern techniques
for imparting judicial training. Teaching methods and evaluation system
shall be at par with international standards.
(2) The Academy may enter into arrangements with other recognized public
and private institutions for imparting training.
(3) The Academy shall institute a quality examination and evaluation system
with regard to the training imparted
6. Board of
Management.–(1) The management
and administration of the Academy shall vest in the Board.
(2) The Board shall consist of–
(a) Chief Justice,
High Court; Chairperson
two judges of the Lahore High members
Court nominated by the Chairperson;
Chairman, Planning & Development Board member
of the Government;
Registrar, Lahore High Court; member
Additional Chief Secretary of the Government member
Secretary to the Government,
Finance Department member
Secretary to the Government,
Law Parliamentary Affairs and Human member
University of the Punjab, Lahore;
a District & Sessions Judge member
nominated by the Chairperson; and
Director General member/
existence of a vacancy in the constitution of the Board shall not invalidate
an act or proceedings of the Board.
7.Meetings of the Board.– (1) The Board shall meet at least thrice in a
Director General shall convene a meeting of the Board on the direction of
Chairperson or written request of three or more members.
(3) In the meeting of the Board,–
(a) the Chairperson, or in his absence, a member nominated by
the Chairperson shall preside;
(b) five members shall constitute the quorum;
(c) all decisions of the Board
shall be taken by simple majority;
(d) the Chairperson or a member presiding shall have a casting
(e) the Director General shall
record the minutes of the meeting.
8.Powers and functions of the Board.– (1) The Board shall–
(a) exercise supervision and control over the affairs of the Academy;
(b) lay down the policy and program for training and approve courses of the
(c) evaluate or cause to be evaluated the performance of the Academy;
(d) approve the annual budget and revised budget estimates of the Academy;
(e) cause proper books of accounts to be maintained for all sums of money
received and expenditures incurred by the Academy and arrange for the audit
(f) determine the terms and conditions of service of the Director General
and staff of the Academy;
(g) create, abolish or upgrade a post;
(h) appoint an officer in BS-16 or above; and
(i) prescribe qualifications, conditions of service and other matters
relating to faculty, officers and staff.
(2) The Board may–
(a) purchase, acquire, hire, dispose of or construct any
property for the Academy;
(b) hold, control and administer the property of the Academy;
(c) receive grants-in-aid and donations from the Federal
Government, the Government or any other organization, person or agency;
(d) regulate, determine and administer all matters concerning the Academy;
(e) appoint advisors, consultants and experts for assistance;
(f) appoint or hire permanent or visiting faculty;
(g) assign a specific power to a person or organization; and
(h) exercise any other power
ancillary to the aims and objects of the Academy.
(3) The Board may delegate all or any of its powers or functions to the
Chairperson, a member or a committee of members.
(1) The Chairperson shall appoint the Director General of the Academy for a
term of four years on the recommendation of the Board.
(2) The Director
General may resign by tendering his resignation to
the Chairperson and shall cease to hold office upon acceptance of his
(3) The Chairperson on the recommendation of the Board may, after providing
an opportunity of being heard, remove the Director General during the term
of his office.
(4) The Director
General shall be a person who has been a Judge of the Lahore High Court or a
District Judge of the Punjab.
(5) The Director General shall be the chief executive officer of the
Academy and shall be responsible for the affairs of the Academy before the
(6) The Director General shall be the principal accounting officer of the
(7) The Director General may, with the approval of the Chairperson, appoint
staff in BS-1 to 15.
(8) The Director General shall, within two months of conclusion of each
financial year, submit annual report to the Board containing performance and
proposals for the improvement in the performance of the Academy.
10.Appointment ofofficers and staff.– (1) The
Board or the Director General may appoint officers and staff of the Academy
in accordance with the provisions of this Act by direct recruitment,
deputation, promotion or on contract basis.
(2) The Board shall determine the manner and the terms and conditions of
appointment of officers and staff of the Academy.
(3) The Board shall prescribe qualification and experience of the teaching
staff of the Academy taking into account, the qualification and experience
prescribed for such staff in the world renowned Judicial Academies.
Fund.–(1) There shall be a fund of the
Academy to be known as the Judicial Training Fund.
Director General shall ensure the deposit of the income of the Academy in
the Fund and incurring of the expenditures of the Academy from the Fund.
(3) The sources of income of
the Fund shall be–
made by the Federal Government or the Government;
(b) donations, endowments and grants from any individual,
organization or agency, whether national or international;
(c) sale proceeds of the property and publications of the
(d) any other sum received by the Academy from any lawful
(2) The Fund shall be kept in such custody, utilized and regulated in the
Budget and accounts.– (1) The Director General shall utilize the
Budget and maintain the accounts of the Academy in the prescribed manner.
(2) The Director General shall prepare the Budget of the Academy for each
(3) The Director General shall not incur any expenditure from the Fund
without the approval of the Board.
Audit.– (1) The Board shall appoint a chartered accountant or a firm
of chartered accountants to audit the accounts of the Academy.
(2) The Director General, with the approval of the Board, within six months
of the close of the financial year, shall submit to the Government the
annual statement of accounts of the Academy alongwith the report of the
Submission of report.– (1) The Director General shall, with the
approval of the Board, within the period of six months, submit annual audit
and performance reports to the Government which shall include the
(a) details of courses run and designed by the Academy;
(b) details of examinations carried out by the Academy;
(c) research work done by the Academy;
(d) the quality of training imparted at the Academy; and
(e) the standard of the students trained at the Academy.
(2) The Government shall, within two months of the receipt of the reports,
submit the same before the Provincial Assembly of the
15. Rules.–The Board may, with the
approval of the Government, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this
16.Repeal.– The Punjab Judicial Academy Ordinance 2007 (XV of 2007) is
Act was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 5 October 2007; assented to by
the Governor of the Punjab on 29
October 2007; and, was published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary),
dated 30 October 2007, pages 1463-67.
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