With his retirement at midnight on Friday, Chief Justice Khosa must be congratulated for a long and illustrious career in the judiciary. The 26th Chief Justice of the country has left behind a legacy that will not be forgotten.
His efforts in introducing modern techniques to record witness testimony, discouraging the practice of consistent adjournments in criminal cases and the support offered to model courts in providing swift justice to citizens has made the judiciary a stronger institution than before. His role as an administrator of the judiciary stands testament to his commitment to improving the judicial process in the whole country.
But of course, his learned judgements within the court and written judgements released from cases under his care are equally meaningful. They have clarified the role of the judiciary in terms of the powers the institution possesses not only as arbiter, but also to intellectually interpret the law for greater clarity.
Justice Khosa sat in as judge in some of the most significant cases in recent history; from the contempt of court case for former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani to the Mumtaz Qadri proceedings. But perhaps some of his more recent words - in the dissenting note of the Panama Papers case - will be the...