‘Even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been possible for courts to use IT to ensure justice virtually’
President Md Abdul Hamid on Friday called upon all concerned to carry out all types of court proceedings as well as preserve all its documents digitally.
“Carry out court proceedings digitally … As the Supreme Court is the ‘Court of Record’, I think it is very important to digitally preserve all its documents and all its activities from the filing of a case to the announcement of the verdict,” he said.
President Hamid was delivering his virtual speech from Bangabhaban on the ‘Supreme Court Day 2020’.
Terming information technology (IT) as an integral part of the daily life, President Hamid said even during the global pandemic coronavirus, it has been possible for the courts to use IT to ensure justice for people in a virtual way.
“For this I thank all those involved in this [digital] activity,” the president added.
He urged judges, lawyers and all concerned to ensure the rule of law and justice by utilizing their respective talents and thinking, being liable to country, people and constitution.
He said the Constitution of Bangladesh stated that all citizens are equal in the eyes of law and are entitled to equal protection of the law.
“Therefore, it should be remembered that a litigant has the right to get justice. And it is our responsibility and duty to ensure the rights of the citizen. There is no question of kindness or favour here,” President Hamid added.
Supreme Court, the guardian of constitution
Noting that the Supreme Court is the guardian of the sacred constitution, the president said since its inception, the Bangladesh Supreme Court has been playing a commendable role in protecting the fundamental rights of the people, establishing the rule of law and ensuring justice for the litigants.
The Supreme Court declared the fifth and seventh amendments to the constitution null and void, and restored the democratic rights of the people, he said.
Despite various hurdles, Hamid said the Supreme Court has played a commendable role in consolidating the rule of law in the country through the trial of the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case and the trial of war criminals.
Reviewing the previous history, he said it is seen that the Supreme Court protected the basic human rights as well as the constitution of the people whenever it is needed in the crisis of the nation.
President on the role of lawyers, judges
About the role of the lawyers, President Hamid, also a former practicing lawyer, said: “Lawyers are an essential part of the trial process … judicial work cannot proceed without their help.”
The president hoped that lawyers would go further than before in the practice of knowledge and would help the litigants to get justice quickly with their respective talent, wisdom, honesty and sincerity.
“I myself as a lawyer know how difficult and complicated judicial work is,” Hamid said.
“How much work a judge has to do in conducting judicial proceedings. The government strongly believes in the independence of the judiciary and is committed to ensuring the professional benefits of judges,” he added.
One of the goals of sustainable development is to create opportunities for justice for all by establishing a peaceful and just society, Hamid mentioned.
The president called upon the judges to take care of the litigants’ rights so that they do not have to roam the court’s corridor day after day to get a copy of the judgement after the verdict of the case.
“One thing to keep in mind is that if the dispute is not resolved properly, there will be a crisis of confidence. And if this process continues again and again, a chaotic situation may arise in the state and society,” he mentioned.
The president hoped that the financially indigent and distressed litigants would get all the legal assistance in the courts from the beginning of the case till the disposal.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary Ruhul Quddus Kajal also spoke on the occasion.
Justice Enayetur Rahim also spoke there paying tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the Mujib Year.
Former justices, senior Judges, lawyers, secretaries to the president, high civil and military officials were also present there.
A documentary on the history of the Supreme Court was screened on the occasion.