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3.7 million cases in backlog in Bangladesh courts

Pending cases are not only a great source of suffering to justice seekers, but are also a problem for courts since they can increase workloads and take up space and resources

Update : 16 Jul 2020, 10:22 AM

Bangladesh has a total of 3,684,728 case backlogs in all types of courts across the country.

The Supreme Court administration on Thursday sent a case statistic report to the media that includes all backlog of cases in the country’s history till December 2019.

The statistics show the Supreme Court is holding 512,685 case backlogs in total -- 489,068 under the High Court Division and 23,617 under the Appellate Division.

Subordinate courts and tribunals are holding the remaining 3,172,043 case backlogs.

Bangladesh has a total of 3,684,728 case backlogs in all types of courts across the country.

The Supreme Court administration on Thursday sent a case statistic report to the media that includes all backlog of cases in the country’s history till December 2019.

The statistics show the Supreme Court is holding 512,685 case backlogs in total -- 489,068 under the High Court Division and 23,617 under the Appellate Division.

Subordinate courts and tribunals are holding the remaining 3,172,043 case backlogs. 

Pending cases are not only a great source of suffering to justice seekers, but are also a problem for courts since they can increase workloads and take up space and resources.

Earlier, on April 28, 2019, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain 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.

On December 18, 2019, President Abdul Hamid urged all concerned to take steps to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to reduce the growing backlog of cases.

Mentioning that it is very difficult to carry out judicial work, the President said: “You will have to take steps for using alternative dispute regulation to reduce the growing backlog of case," he said.

“As a lawyer, I myself understand how judges carry out difficult jobs all day long. Even then, the judges will have to work even harder to reduce the backlog of cases as the burden is increasing day by day,” he said.

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