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President: Use ADR to reduce judicial backlog

  • Published at 08:20 pm December 18th, 2019
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President Abdul Hamid during at a discussion meeting at the Supreme Court Judges' Complex marking ‘Supreme Court Day’ on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 PID

Abdul Hamid also asked the Supreme Court to take steps to preserve a digital record of all court proceedings, from filing cases to delivering verdicts.

President Abdul Hamid has 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 cases." 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. 

President Abdul Hamid said this addressing a discussion meeting at the Supreme Court Judges' Complex marking ‘Supreme Court Day’ on Wednesday, reports UNB.

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain presided over the function and Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq attended the function as special guest.

ADR is a procedure for settling disputes without litigation, such as arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. ADR procedures are usually less costly and more expeditious.

President Hamid said the government firmly believes in the independence of the judiciary and is also sincere about enhancing the privileges of judges. 

He said judges also need to be careful that litigants get their copies of verdicts in the shortest possible time after the pronouncement of judgments. 

Asking the Supreme Court administration to bring dynamism to case management using information technology, he said: “Steps will have to be taken to carry out the official tasks of Bangladesh courts in a digital system. As the Supreme Court is a Court of Record, efforts must be taken to digitize its recording system." 

Abdul Hamid also asked the Supreme Court administration to take steps to digitally preserve a record of all court action, from filing cases to delivering verdicts.

"Measures can also be taken to produce the accused in court from jail and take depositions of witnesses by videoconferencing. The Supreme Court will have to be active in implementing the e-judiciary in the future as the government is very sincere about it," he said.

Saying that the Supreme Court has judicial review power, the President asked judges to perform their responsibilities with the utmost caution.

Laying emphasis on having good relations between the executive, legislative, and the judiciary, to establish democracy and the rule of law in the country, the President said: "It should be remembered that mutual cooperation and trust are very crucial for the success of each branch or organ of government."

He urged all to see to it that no one organ's action hampers that of others. "All the branches must give priority to the welfare of Bangladesh and its people.”

The President lauded the Supreme Court for working to protect the basic human rights of people and to establish the rule of law.

Recalling the contribution of former judges in establishing the rule of law without compromising and bowing down to guns, President Abdul Hamid hoped lawyers will help ensure prompt justice for people with their intellect, wisdom, honesty, and sincerity.

The Supreme Court observed the day on Wednesday for the third time as the apex court started operating on this day in 1972.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inaugurated the Bangladesh Supreme Court on December 18, 1972.