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Article 203J: Power to make Rules

1. The Court may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Chapter.

2. In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may make provision in respect of all or any of the following matters, namely: -

a. the scale of payment of honorarium to be made to jurisconsults, experts and witnesses summoned by the Court to defray the expenses, if any, incurred by them in attending for the purposes of the proceedings before the Court;

b. the form of oath to be made by a jurisconsult, expert or witness appearing before the Court;

c. the powers and functions of the Court being exercised or performed by Benches consisting of one or more members constituted by the Chairman;

d. the decision of the Court being expressed in terms of the opinion of the majority of its members or, as the case may be, of the members constituting a Bench; and

e. the decision of cases in which the members constituting a Bench are equally divided in their opinion.

3. Until rules are made under clause (1), the Shariat Benches of Superior Courts Rules, 1979, shall, with the necessary modifications and so far as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter, continue in force.

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