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Justice Aalia Neelum takes oath as first female LHC CJ

Justice Aalia Neelum takes oath as first female LHC CJ
July 11, 2024 Web Desk

LAHORE (92 News) - Justice Aalia Neelum on Thursday took oath as the first female chief justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Punjab Governor Sardar Saleem Haider Khan administered the oath to Justice Aalia Neelum in a ceremony to be held at the Governor’s House. Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, cabinet members and judges participated in the oath-taking ceremony. She is the 53rd chief justice of the LHC.

Justice Aalia Neelum’s appointment is a significant milestone in the history of the court and a testament to her exceptional qualifications and dedication to the legal profession. She is a distinguished jurist with a remarkable career spanning over two decades.

Born on November 12, 1966, she obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, in 1995, and later earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from the same institution. She also holds diplomas in Sharia Law and Advanced Sharia Law from the Islamic University of Islamabad, as well as a diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from the University of the Punjab. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Justice Miss Aalia Neelum began her legal career in 1996, enrolling as an advocate with the Punjab Bar Council. She quickly established herself as a formidable lawyer, excelling in various domains, including Constitutional Law, White-Collar Crime, Civil, Criminal, Anti-Terrorism laws, NAB, Banking Offences, Special Central Courts Law, and Banking Laws. Her exceptional advocacy skills and in-depth knowledge of the law earned her recognition, and she was enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2008.

Her outstanding performance and dedication to the legal profession led to her elevation as an Additional Judge of the Lahore High Court in 2013. Later, she received confirmation and took oath as a Judge on March 16, 2015, and has since rendered 203 reported judgments on a wide range of legal issues.

Justice Aalia Neelum has also served as the Inspection Judge for multiple districts, including Okara, Nankana, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, and Rawalpindi, and has acted as the Monitoring/Administrative Judge for various special courts and tribunals, including as the first female Administrative Judge of Anti-Terrorism Courts of the Punjab.