Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the judges and lawyers to be more humanitarian to the litigants in order to reduce their sufferings to get justice.
The premier made the call while addressing the inauguration programmes of the National Legal Aid Day, 2017 at Osmani Memorial Hall in Dhaka Friday morning.
"It is not possible to lessen the sufferings of the people only through framing laws and development of the infrastructure of the judicial system. Our judges and lawyers should be more caring and come forward with mentality of giving service to the litigants," the PM was quoted by BSS as saying.
Mentioning that every citizen has the right to get legal aid, she said her government was working for an independent, neutral and modern judicial system.
“To pave the way of getting justice by helpless, poor and disadvantageous people the government enacted Legal AID Act 2000, which is playing a pioneering role in reducing social discrimination in getting justice,” Hasina said.
She said the three organs of a state- legislative, executive and judiciary- must work together with consensus.
“A state can never run properly if the organs trade blames against each other," she added.
She said power of an organ was not less than the power of another one.
“We formulate law and judiciary is the executor of the law with the support of the executive. None can function independently,” the prime minister said.
She urged all to help expanding the public legal aid system at grassroots level to give it an institutional shape.
She further said: “We want to build such a society where there will have no discrimination between poor and rich and people will have the opportunity to enjoy all basic rights.
“There is no alternative to independent judiciary to establish the rule of law. The Awami league government is always sincere to establish an independent judiciary.”
Sheikh Hasina said the 1972 constitution was a unique pillar of justice and equality which guaranteed the basic rights of the citizens.
“Bangabandhu himself is a witness of the culture of lawlessness. As a sufferer, Bangabandhu incorporated the issues of human rights in the constitution,” she said.
The prime minister said a total of 1,693 cases were disposed of through the National Legal Aid Services Organisation in the last eight years.
Sheikh Hasina said every Chief Judicial Magistrate Court would have separate arrangement for legal aid services.
“Special vehicles are being procured for carrying the notorious criminals and steps are being taken for their online trial through video conference between the prosecution and defense from the court and jail,” she added.
The premier said her government had financed for training of as many as 540 judicial officers from Western University of Australia and 1,500 judges would be given higher training in tshe National Judicial Academy of India.