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President's order to resolve judiciary crisis

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 03 Sep 2021, 07:24 pm

Dhaka, September 3: The number of cases is increasing everywhere from the state's highest court, the Supreme Court's appellate and high court divisions to the judicial (lower) courts. The case is complicated. But even though the number of cases has increased year after year, the number of judges has not increased. As a result, many cases are pending. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is also facing a crisis of judges as new ones have not been appointed in time to fill the vacancies of retired judges. At present, there are five judges in the Appellate Division, including the Chief Justice. But a decade ago, in 2009, the number was 11 in the Appellate Division.

Candidates and lawyers say the number of judges in the courts is not increasing at the same rate as the number of cases is increasing everywhere, from the state's highest court to the lower court. Rather the opposite picture is seen in most cases. In this situation, it is important to place maximum emphasis on the appointment of the required number of judges to reduce the complexity of the case and make the judicial process more dynamic.

Judicial proceedings in all the courts of the country have slowed down due to the lockdown announced by the government across the country in response to the continued transmission of the epidemic coronavirus. As a result, the rate of case settlement is gradually decreasing.

But in recent years, the number of court cases has increased more than at any time in the past. The lawyers have demanded that regular courts be set up for speedy disposal of these cases. At the same time, the people concerned are urging for multi-pronged initiatives to reduce the complexity of cases, judicial crisis and development of judicial infrastructure.

The Supreme Court bar along with the Chief Justice sought an extension of the court's working hours. An application to Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on August 19 requested that all vacation / optional leave in 2021 be canceled and the leave be reduced in the following years to compensate for the loss due to coronavirus.