Mr. Justice Azhar Saleem Babar was born in village Bani Pasari District, Bagh on 23rd March 1959. His father was an educationist and was serving as Headmaster High School by that time. So, Mr. Azhar Saleem Babar got his primary education from different institutions while staying with his father. He passed his matriculation from Government Boys High School, Bagh in the year 1973 from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore. He passed his Intermediate Examination from AJK Board Mirpur in the year 1976 and thereafter, he graduated from University of the Punjab in the year 1978. He decided to study law and got admission in Punjab University Law College New Campus Lahore in the year 1979. He joined Central Bar Association, Muzaffarabad and enrolled as Pleader in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir in the year 1982. As an Advocate, he participated lawyer’s movement for revival of democracy in the year 1983 and attended lawyer’s convention in Lahore along-with a High Profile delegation of members of Central Bar Association, Muzaffarabad.
He moved to District Bagh in the year 1985 and was elected as Secretary General District Bar Association Bagh in the year 1985. He was enrolled as an Advocate High Court in January 1985. He was appointed as Sub Judge Kahuta in 1988. He was transferred as Additional Sub Judge, Rawalakot on 11.06.1989.
He was nominated for Shariah Academy training course in Islamic International Islamic University Islamabad from 4th August to 23rd November 1990. On 11.10.1990, he was transferred and posted as Sub Judge Pallandri. He was transferred to Rawalakot as Sub Judge/ ADM on 21.03.1991.
He was transferred as Sub Judge/ Magistrate 1st Class to Athmuqam on 31.10.1992. Due to his tireless efforts, Judicial Officers Association Azad Jammu & Kashmir was recognized by the Government.
He has the prerogative of becoming founder president of Association as Sub Judge. He was transferred and posted as Sub Judge/ Magistrate 1st Class Rawalakot on 20.05.1995. On 23rd May 1995, he was appointed as Revising Authority for electoral area of Tehsil Rawalakot. He joined as Sub Judge/Magistrate 1st Class Bagh on 05.04.1999 and promoted as Senior Civil Judge on officiating basis, vide order dated 15.11.1999. He was transferred as Senior Civil Judge, Thorar on 24.05.2000.
He was promoted as Judge Family Court/Senior Civil Judge B-18 on 18.10.2001. He was nominated for Senior Civil Judge Refresher Course held by Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad. He was promoted on current charge basis as Additional District and Sessions Judge on 19.05.2003 and was confirmed on 04.08.2003 and was posted as Additional District & Sessions Judge, Muzaffarabad. On 25.05.2004, he was promoted as District and Sessions Judge on acting charge basis and was confirmed on the same date.
He was given “Pride of Performance” by the High Court on 05.07.2004. He was transferred as District & Sessions Judge, Rawalakot on 01.02.2006. He was transferred to Kotli as District & Sessions Judge on 31.10.2006. He was appointed as Member Service Tribunal, vide order dated 21.12.2006.
He was posted as District & Sessions Judge, Pallandri on 01.07.2009. He was transferred as District & Sessions Judge, Rawalakot on 02.04.2010. He was posted as District & Sessions Judge Bagh on 15.01.2011 and was posted as District & Sessions Judge, Muzaffarabad on 22.04.2011.
He was appointed on deputation as Judicial Member Income Tax Appellate Tribunal of AJ&K Council on 14.05.2011.
His Lordship was elevated as Judge High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, vide notification dated 13th March, 2013. He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice on November 15th, 2019 and His Lordship administered Oath of Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on November 16th, 2019..
Born on August, 6th , 1965, Justice Muhammad Sheraz Kiani got his early education in his native town Dadyal of District Mirpur. He passed his Matriculation Examination in 1981 from High School Dadyal, Intermediate from Government Degree College Dadyal in 1983 and Graduation from University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in 1985. He pursued higher education and secured LLB Degree in 1989 from the University of Punjab Lahore. Elected as Secretary General of Kashmir Student Council in the University of Punjab in year 1988. He practiced as a lawyer in Mirpur/Dadyal up till 1995. Elected as Vice President Bar Association, Dadyal in the year, 1991. Elected as Secretary General of Bar Association Dadyal twice (in the years, 1993 & 1995).
He started his judicial service as a civil Judge in October, 1995. He was promoted as Senior Civil Judge in 2003, as Additional District and Sessions Judge in 2006 and as a District and Sessions Judge in 2010. He was also awarded “Pride of Performance” by the High Court of AJ&K for the year 2003-2004 on excellent performance of duties
On account of his long-lasting and meritorious service in the subordinate Judiciary, he was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on 23rd September, 2015.
In addition to his position as Judge of High Court of AJ&K, he has also been nominated as “Judge in Administration” of High Court by the Hon’ble Chief Justice High Court.
His Lordship Mr. Justice Sadaqat Hussain Raja, born on 9th June 1963 in village Khairabad, Tehsil and District Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. He got his early education in the local primary school. He passed his Matriculation and Intermediate examinations from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Mirpur in the year 1978 and 1981 respectively. He passed his Bachelor Degree from the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in 1985 and got his LL.B. Degree from the University of Punjab, Lahore in 1988.
He was enrolled as pleader on 28.6.1988 and established legal practice in the lower courts. His lordship has also taken part in politics of Bar Association and remained General Secretary of Central Bar Association in the year 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997. His Lordship was nominated as President of Central Bar Association in 2003, 2004 and 2007. His Lordship was remained Vice President of Bar Council of Azad Kashmir in the year 2013.
He was enrolled as Advocate of the High Court on 17.9.2001. He was enrolled as Advocate of Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on 10.8.2006. He practiced Law generally at Muzaffarabad in all courts from the court of Civil Judge/Magistrate to the highest Court, besides Revenue courts and tribunals.
His Lordship was elevated to the Bench of Hon'ble High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 25th March, 2016.