Pak court reserves judgement on addressing judges as 'my lord'



Lahore: A Pakistani court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a lawyer's petition challenging the use of terms like "my lord" or "your lordship" to address judges of superior courts.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court heard the petition filed by Malik Allah Yar Khan, who contended that it was an offense to address anybody as "my lord" because only God could be addressed in such a manner.

Khan pointed out that an order promulgated in 1980 by the then President that suggested discontinuing the use of expressions like "my lord" in courts and using terms like "sir", "janab-e-wala" or "janab-e-aali" to address judges.

The presidential order was issued following a meeting in June 1979 that was attended by Chief Justices of superior courts.

He contended that such habits die hard and that no steps had been taken to replace terms like "my lord". He asked the court to issue directions to authorities to prevent the use of such expressions.

PTI