Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed

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Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry
اعجاز احمد چودھری
Justice Supreme Court
Assumed office
November 17, 2011
Chief Justice Lahore High Court
In office
May 28, 1997 – September 13, 2005
Personal details
Born (1940-12-15) 15 December 1940 (age 76)
Jabal Village Zafarwal, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani

Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry (Urdu: اعجاز احمد چودھری‎) is a justice in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a former justice of Lahore High Court.

Early life[edit]

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, having been sworn in as Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan on 17.11.2011 was born in a noble family of village Jabbal, Tehsil Zafarwal, District Narowal on 15 December 1950. After doing Bachelor of Laws, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry started practicing law in 1975 and was enrolled as an Advocate High Court in 1977. His lordship ascended to be an Advocate Supreme Court in 1992.

Education and training[edit]

He done his Matriculation from Govt. High School Jabbal Zafarwal.He graduated from Islamia College, Civil Lines Lahore and then did his LL.B. from the University of Punjab, Lahore.[1]

Professional career[edit]

By dint of sheer hard work, diligence and quest for learning, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry acquired laudable legal acumen and professional prowess and before being raised to the Bench served as:

  • Special Prosecutor, Sessions Court, Lahore (from 1970 to 1971)
  • Legal Advisor NDFC, various Banks and Companies (1988)
  • Assistant Advocate General, Punjab (from 1988 to 1995)
  • Additional Advocate General, Punjab (from 1999 to May 2001)

He has been adorning the Bench at Lahore High Court since 2 May 2001 where he made his mark as an untiring Judge and apart from contributing to many celebrated judgments accepted many administrative responsibilities with heart and soul. Some of those are enumerated below: Inspection Judge, Lahore District.

  • Member Administration Committee, Lahore High Court, Lahore.
  • Cooperative Judge, Lahore High Court, Lahore.
  • Appellate Judge, Customs.
  • Administrative Judge, Anti Terrorism Courts in Punjab.
  • Administrative Judge, Anti Corruption Courts in Punjab.
  • Administrative Judge, Drug Courts in Punjab.
  • Led a delegation of the Judicial Officers to Vienna and Germany in November 2009 on a study tour on International Cooperative in Terrorism Cases/Drugs and Crimes arranged by the United Nations Office.
  • Chairman, Committee for Enrollment of Advocates Supreme Court of Pakistan.
  • Member Syndicate, University of the Punjab.
  • Member Syndicate Committee, Punjab University Law College.
  • Member Board of Management, Punjab Judicial Academy.
  • Chairman Board of Management, Punjab Judicial Academy.
  • Member Board of Governors, Federal Judicial Academy.

Some of the landmark judgments delivered by him as Judge of the Lahore High Court are (1) Mukhtaran Mai’s Case, (2) Namoos-e-Risalat Case, (3) Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan’s Case and (4) Hafiz Saeed Ahmad’s Case.

Thus having proved his mettle as Judge of the Lahore High Court for more than 9 years, Hon’ble Mr.Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry was appointed Chief Justice of Lahore High Court on 9 December 2010. His lordship has been elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court on 17 November 2011. Hon’ble Judge is held in the highest esteem both by the legal fraternity as well as brother Judges and enjoys cordial and harmonious working relationship with the Bar. Last but not the least, Hon’ble Judge was one of those of the inspiring and leading characters of the historic movement for restoration of Judiciary who refused to take oath under the PCO.