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PM: Govt plans to introduce virtual court

  • Published at 04:20 pm December 7th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the National Judicial Conference 2019 on Saturday, December 7, 2019 Focus Bangla

She also hoped that judges will help ensure the rule of law and justice

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government is thinking about introducing a virtual court in Bangladesh.

She made the statement while speaking at the National Judicial Conference 2019 on Saturday, reports UNB.

The prime minister said it will reduce the risk and hassle of moving notorious criminals in and out of jail, as there is a risk of them being snatched midway.

She also hoped that judges, being accountable to the country, its people and the Constitution, will help ensure the rule of law and justice by using their merit and creativity. 

 "I do not want others to wait [for justice] for years, the way I had to, while bearing the pain of losing their kith and kin. Everyone should get justice and shelter of law that are described in our Constitution," she told the conference themed "Justice for Peace and Development" at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. 

Photo shows Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking at the National Judicial Conference 2019 on Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Focus BanglaChief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain presided over the inaugural program where Law Minister Anisul Huq spoke as special guest. Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar also spoke there, while Registrar General of the Supreme Court Md Ali Akbar delivered the welcome speech. 

The daylong conference will discuss all relevant issues, including backlog of cases, digitalization in the judiciary, and effective court administration management. 

Judges from the Appellate and High Court divisions of the Supreme Court and subordinate courts across the country are attending the function. 

Sheikh Hasina said she thinks parliament, judiciary, and executive are essential while running the state. 

"These three organs will operate with their laws and policies. Again, there should be coordination among these three organs, which will move the country towards peace and development," she said. 

She also said she believes that this coordination among the three organs of the country is urgently needed to ensure justice for the people and for the nation’s development. 

The Prime Minister said the government wants the continuation of democratic process in the country. In this connection, she thanked and congratulated the judiciary for their bold step to declare illegal the grabbing of state power through the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 and freed the country from stigma. 

"As a result, it was easy to continue the democratic process of the country as well as expediting development," she said. 

Hasina also mentioned that it is often seen that courts issue rules regarding the jurisdiction of the president, even though the Constitution states that only the president has a say in those matters . 

"If one (organ of the state) interferes in another's job, then it will be tough to run the state or ensure justice or peace or development of the country," Hasina said. 

She also described numerous programs for the development of the judiciary. 

Regarding the writing of verdict in English, Sheikh Hasina said Bengali version should be there simultaneously so that people can understand the verdict properly. "You should consider this matter," she said. 

Defending the ruling of mobile courts and executive magistrates, Hasina said this court has gained popularity among people as this type of courts confirms immediate punishment to culprits. Due to the mobile courts, she said, the pressure of additional cases on the judiciary has reduced.