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SC to judicial officers: Refrain from using social media during working hours

  • Published at 03:55 pm September 22nd, 2019
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The apex court issues directives to judicial officers over using social media

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has issued directives to judicial officers to adhere to those directives while using various social media platforms.

Asking them to exercise utmost caution, the directives said, the officers must refrain from using social networking sites during the working hours between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

A notice regarding it, signed by the Registrar General of the Supreme Court Dr Md Zakir Hossain, was published on the apex court's website on Sunday.

The notice said excessive use of social media creates a sort of addiction which causes negative impact on personal, and professional life.

According to the directives, the judicial officers cannot publish any adverse comment or personal opinion against any decision taken by regulatory or appropriate authorities.

The directives also advised them to be extremely careful when sharing, and exchanging information over social media, and not to interact with anyone related to an ongoing case.

The notice also said, if anyone violates the directives, it will be considered misconduct, and the Supreme Court will take action as per the Bangladesh Judicial Service (discipline) Rules 2017, and other related rules and regulations.

Key directives

  • The judicial officers must be very careful over posting personal, and family information holding judge-like mentality 
  • Refraining from giving any status or post over unnecessary, and less important issues
  • There could be a portal or group for judicial officers where they can discuss, and share only academic matters concerning law 
  • The judiciary officials have to act with responsibility, and obey state rules while using social networking sites
  • They must be utmost careful while accepting any friend request, and refrain from making friends related to trials or cases 
  • The judicial officers must refrain from expressing or publishing information or comment hurting the religious sentiments of any community
  • They must not publish and share images or video clips of justices of the Supreme Court