Lahore High Court
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|Lahore High Courtهاىءكورت لاهور|
Lahore High Court in Punjab, Pakistan
|Location||Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore - Pakistan Lahore|
|Composition method||Presidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of Pakistan and Governor of Punjab.|
|Authorized by||Constitution of Pakistan|
|Decisions are appealed to||Supreme Court of Pakistan|
|Judge term length||Till 62 years of age|
|Number of positions||35|
|Website||Lahore High Court|
Hon'ble Chief JusticeMr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial
|Since||June. 01, 2012|
|Lead position ends||Sep. 16, 2020|
The Lahore High Court is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It was established as a high court on March 21, 1919. The Lahore High Court has jurisdiction over Punjab. The High Court's principal seat is in Lahore, but there are benches in three other Pakistani cities: Rawalpindi, Multan and Bahawalpur. And now government has decided to set up new high court benches in Faisalabad, Sialkot, D.G.Khan and Gujranwala divisions.
Although there were predecessors to the Lahore High Court as early as 1850, the Court was not formally established until letters patent were issued in 1919 by King-Emperor George V. The letters patent also appointed a Chief Justice and six puisne justices, and declared the Court's jurisdiction over the Punjab and Delhi provinces.
The Government of India Act, 1935 made significant changes to the Court. These included allowing the King-Emperor to set the number of judges, and capping the age for a judge at sixty. The Government of India (High Court Judges) Order, 1937 set the maximum number of judges for the Lahore High Court at fifteen, as well as establishing the system for their salaries.
Partition of India 
On August 14, 1947, the Partition of India into the two new independent countries of India and Pakistan also split the territory within the jurisdiction of the Lahore High Court. The High Court (Punjab) Order, 1947 created a new High Court for East Punjab (in India), leaving the court at Lahore responsible for the part of its original jurisdiction that now formed part of Pakistan. The Order left the powers afforded to the Court unchanged, but gave transferred the power of judicial appointment to the Governor-General of Pakistan instead of the Crown as beforehand. On September 28, 1948, the Governor General Khawaja Nazimuddin set the number of permanent judges at six, with one additional judge.
Establishment of West Pakistan 
On September 30, 1955, the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan established the province of West Pakistan, and gave the Governor-General the power to establish a High Court for West Pakistan to replace the Lahore High Court; the West Pakistan High Court was accordingly established in 1956. Judges from the Chief Court of Sind and the Judicial Commissioners Court at Peshawar became judges at the West Pakistan High Court.
Creation Of Divisional Benches 
On January 1, 1981, it was ordered that the Lahore High Court would create benches at Bahawalpur, Multan and Rawalpindi. The order also specified that the Lahore High Court judges could hold circuit courts anywhere in the province, with judges nominated by the Lahore High Court Chief Justice.
PCO March 25, 1981 
The PCO of 1981 also afforded the Lahore High Court these three benches. The judges were required to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order. Four judges refused to do so and were relieved of office. Four other judges were not administered the oath, and were also relieved of office.
PCO January 26, 2000 
- Rashid Aziz Khan take oath under pco
- Mian Allah Nawaz take oath under pco
- Falak Sher take oath under pco
- Ehsanul Haq Chaudhry did not take oath under pco
- Tanvir Ahmad Khan take oath under pco
- Amir Alam Khan take oath under pco
- Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry take oath under pco
- Fakhar-un-Nisa Khokhar take oath under pco
- Ghulam Mehmood Qureshi take oath under pco
- Karamat Nazir Bhandari take oath under pco
- Javed Buttar take oath under pco
- Mohammad Asif Jan take oath under pco
- Mohammad Nasim Chaudhri take oath under pco
- Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi take oath under pco
- Tassadaq Hussain Jilani take oath under pco
PCO November 3, 2007 
See also 
- High Courts of Pakistan
- List of the Chief Justices of Lahore High Court
- Constitution of Pakistan
- Islamabad High Court
- Balochistan High Court
- Peshawar High Court
- Sindh High Court
- Court system of Pakistan
- Punjab Bar Council
- Chairman Executive, Punjab Bar Council
- Vice Chairman, Punjab Bar Council
- N. R. Madhava Menon, ed. (2002). Criminal Justice India Series: Punjab, 2002. Allied Publishers. p. 234. ISBN 978-81-7764-490-6.
- Letters patent constituting the High Court of Judicature at Lahore, dated the 21st March, 1919
- "History of the High Court". Lahore High Court. Retrieved May 2013.