- Justice Musarrat Hilali was sworn in as the second female judge in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, bringing the total number of judges to 16.
- Her appointment, approved by a parliamentary committee, recognizes her legal expertise and previous role as Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court.
- Justice Hilali’s inclusion promotes gender diversity and inspires aspiring female lawyers, signalling progress towards a fair and equitable legal system.
Justice Musarrat Hilali was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge in Pakistan, with Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial administering the oath to her. This historic event marks the appointment of the second female judge in the Supreme Court, solidifying the court’s commitment to gender diversity. With Justice Hilali’s inclusion, the Supreme Court now boasts a total of 16 judges.
Justice Musarrat Hilali’s appointment received approval from a parliamentary committee, further emphasizing the recognition and trust in her legal expertise. Before this distinguished role, she served as the Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, making significant contributions to the judicial system.
In January 2022, Justice Ayesha Malik became the first female judge to secure a position in the Supreme Court, setting a precedent for gender inclusivity. Justice Musarrat Hilali’s appointment as a Supreme Court judge adds another remarkable chapter to her impressive career. Since 2013, she has remained the sole female member on the bench, showcasing her dedication and perseverance.
A big feat for Pakistan’s women ⭐️🎉
Pakistan now has 2 female Judges in Supreme Court, after Justice Mussarat Hilali was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge Friday, making her the second woman since Pakistan’s independence to be elevated to the apex court. pic.twitter.com/rDpVKP23mO
— Faraz Saeed 🚩 (@FarazSaeedCh) July 7, 2023
In addition to her judicial achievements, Justice Hilali holds the distinction of being elected as the first woman executive member of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) from 2007 to 2009. This recognition underscores her exceptional legal acumen and her active involvement in the legal fraternity.
The appointment of Justice Musarrat Hilali to the Supreme Court is a significant milestone in the journey towards gender equality and representation within Pakistan’s judiciary. Her expertise, experience, and commitment to upholding justice will undoubtedly contribute to the court’s pursuit of a fair and equitable legal system.
The inclusion of more women in prominent judicial positions not only promotes diversity but also sets an inspiring example for aspiring female lawyers across the nation. It signals a progressive shift in the legal landscape and encourages the empowerment of women in the field of law.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan, with its expanded panel of judges, is now better equipped to address a wider range of legal matters and ensure justice for all. Justice Musarrat Hilali’s induction into the Supreme Court serves as a testament to her exceptional capabilities, and her appointment will undoubtedly enhance the court’s ability to deliver impartial and effective judgments.
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