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Chief justice: SC case backlog at a critical point

  • Published at 03:15 pm April 28th, 2019
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain
File photo of Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain

Around 515,000 cases are currently pending with the Supreme Court

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has expressed concerns over the number of pending cases in the Supreme Court, saying case backlog has reached a critical state.

"There is not enough space for keeping files in the Supreme Court, due to the huge number of pending cases," he said. "In short, case backlog has reached a critical point."

He made the observations at the hearing of a case in front of the four-member bench of the Appellate Division, on Sunday. 

The Supreme Court's Judicial Reform Committee in conjunction with German Development Co-operation Bangladesh (GIZ) on Saturday presented an audit report relating the resolution of case backlog and the administration of justice.

"I embrace the report," the chief justice said. "I know this cannot continue like this. So, I have taken decision to sit with all the justices, to come up with a solution to case backlog."

Further developments will be disclosed to the public later, he said.

According to the report, there are 515,000 cases are currently pending the Supreme Court - which was only 25,000 in 1982. 

If anticipatory bail had not been disposed of, the number would have crossed 1 million cases, the report adds.