NUMBER OF JUDGES
Earlier under the Shariat Court Act, 1993 (Act IX of 1993), Sub-section (2) of Section 3 of the Shariat Court Act, 1993: The Court shall consist of the Chief Justice and two or more Muslim Judges to be appointed by the President after consultation with the Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Chief Justice of Shariat Court. One post of Judge of the Shariat Court was created vide Notification No. LD/Ad/1642-51/2012 dated 11.9.2012. But later on, two of posts of Judges were shifted from the sanctioned strength of the Shariat Court to High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir vide notification No. LD/AD/1800-1869/2016 dated 21.12.2016. The aforesaid notification has been challenged through writ petition, which is yet to be decided. At present, the Judges of the High Court have powers to hear and adjudicate the cases of Shariat Court as Judges of Shariat Court. But now the condition has been changed by eforcement of Shariat Appellate Bench Act, 2017 and by an Amendment in Section 43 of Interim Constitution, 1974. There shall be a Shariat Appellate Bench of the High Court as constituted by an Act of the Assembly consisting of Chief Justice of High Court, all the Muslim Judges of the High Court and an Aalim Judge, to perform such functions and exercise such jurisdiction as may be conferred upon it by an Act of Assembly.
(1-C) The Aalim Judge shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister and after consultation with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of High Court, from amongst the persons having such qualification and experience and on such terms and conditions, as may be, prescribed by an Act of the Assembly.