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Justice delayed is justice denied

  • Published at 10:54 pm August 23rd, 2019

It is the lack of functionality and efficiency of our justice system that continues to embolden criminals

The implications of the finding from the National Justice Audit could not be clearer: The current justice system that is in place in Bangladesh puts immense pressure on courts and prisons -- with a reported 3.5 million cases pending -- and, therefore, discourages ordinary citizens from pursuing justice.

While the findings were, unfortunately, not much of a surprise -- frustration with the justice system in the country has been a long-standing issue -- the authorities and stakeholders, instead of throwing their arms in the air out of resignation, should incorporate strategic and solution-seeking thinking into addressing and solving this most persistent of problems.

Ultimately, it is the lack of functionality and efficiency of our justice system that continues to embolden criminals; they are confident that the system will continue to stall and falter, allowing them the license to continue their criminal activities with impunity.

Although recognizing the principal reasons for people’s dissatisfaction with the justice system -- which were witness non-appearance, repeated adjournments, and quality of police investigation -- is a good and necessary first step, diagnosing the causes for problems means nothing if there are no further steps to solve those problems.

To that end, making more efforts to digitize the system, along with putting an end to the endless bureaucracy, corruption, and general lack of care that plagues our justice system, are the necessary next steps that the authorities must look to implement.

Making sure that a country’s justice system functions in a smooth, efficient, and corruption-free way is imperative for the development of any nation. For a growing economy such as Bangladesh, it is high time it recognized the necessity of providing justice on time to its people.