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Justice ministry seeks to increase number of judges: Anisul

To date, 47 courts for the prevention of repression of women and children, 2 special anti-terrorism courts, 7 cyber courts and 7 anti-trafficking courts have been established.

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September 14, 2021, 8:40 PM

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Photo: Collected

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Photo: Collected

The Law and Justice Division (LJD) is working to increase the number of judges in accordance with the instructions of the Prime Minister.

Justice Minister Anisul Haque said this in the National Parliament on Tuesday in response to a question from MP Mamunur Rashid Kiran from Noakhali-3 constituency.

He said there was no alternative to increasing the number of judges to reduce the backlog of cases. The Awami League government has always played a positive role in increasing the number of judges.

The minister said a total of 1,128 judges have been appointed to lower courts since 2009. The Bangladesh Judicial Services Commission (BJSC) completed the process of appointing 100 additional judges during the 13th Judicial Service Review of the Bangladesh (BJS) 2019. A letter was sent to the Home Office on March 21 to verify the identity of the recommended candidates. Work is currently underway to verify the identity of the candidates.

The minister said the commission has already issued a recruitment circular given the letter of formal notice sent by the Law and Justice Division to the BJSC Secretariat for the appointment of 100 additional judges in the 14th review of the BJS. A monitoring unit from the Solicitor division of the LJD is working to resolve old cases as a priority. Legal aid offices have been set up in 64 districts, including the Supreme Court, to provide legal assistance to the financially deprived and defenseless, and to develop judicial infrastructure. Steps have been taken to reduce the backlog of cases through alternative dispute resolution.

Responding to a question from Benazir Ahmed, legislator of Dhaka-20 constituency, the minister said: “As three judges from district and equivalent sessions / posts have just retired, there are currently three vacancies for the district and session judges / equivalent positions in courts. Due to promotions, an additional District and Sessions / Equivalent Judge, 56 Joint District and Sessions / Equivalent Judges and 22 Associate Judge / Senior Deputy Judge are currently vacant.

Anisul said the current government is working on creating new posts for judges. To date, 47 courts for the prevention of repression of women and children, two special anti-terrorism courts, seven cyber-courts and seven anti-trafficking courts have been established.