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Bill proposed by the Law Commission for the use of computers in trials

Earlier, the government passed another law, “Use of Information Technology by Courts Act 2020,” to keep courts functional during the Covid pandemic

January 03, 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Last modification: 03 January 2022, 11:02

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The Law Commission recommended the adoption of a new law entitled “Law on the Use of Information Technology for Testimony and Trial Procedure” with provision for the virtual deposition of witnesses from anywhere. in the country or even from abroad.

The commission on Thursday sent the bill to the Justice Ministry, Judge Khairul Haque, the chairman of the Law Commission told TBS.

Earlier, the government passed another law, “Use of Information Technology by Courts Act 2020,” to keep courts functional during the Covid pandemic.

In this law, there were instructions for the trial, testimony, cross-examination and the announcement of verdicts using technology. But it was not detailed. The new bill contains detailed rules that would apply to all court cases, a source from the Legal Committee said.

Law Commission Secretary Atwar Rahman (District and Sessions Judge) told TBS that key witnesses, such as doctors testing victims, or investigators (OIs) of many important criminal cases, including rape, are often unable to be physically present in court, keeping the trial process suspended for years.

“If the law is enacted, this problem will be solved. Doctors or IOs will be able to participate in the trial from anywhere in the country by video conference. The witness must inform the court before the testimony by audio-video communication. so that the court can take action accordingly, ”he said.