Nat’l Judicial Conference 2019
PM for coordination of three state organs
Virtual courts for infamous criminals, first-ever law university in the offing
Published : Sunday, 8 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 142
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday laid stress on proper coordination among the three-state organs - executive, legislature and judiciary- for the sake of running a state smoothly and to ensure peace, justice and development.
She said we expect such a situation where the three organs will not interfere with the activities of others.
The Prime Minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the daylong National Judicial Conference-2019 as chief guest. The Supreme Court organised the conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city with the theme 'Justice for Peace and Development.'
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain chaired the function while Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq spoke as the special guest.
Secretary of Law and Justice Division Md Golam Sarwar and Senior Session Judge of Munshiganj Hosne Ara addressed the function while Supreme Court Registrar General Md Ali Akbar delivered the welcome address.
Judges from the Appellate Division and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court and lower courts across the country attended it.
The Prime Minister said, "We expect such a situation where the state's three organs won't interfere with the activities of the others as it will hamper running the state smoothly, maintaining peace as well as ensuring justice and development."
The Prime Minister said the honourable President has formulated Warrant of Precedence and he has the only authority to change it, adding he (President) has also formulated the rules of business.
"No question can be raised in the court about the activities of the President in accordance with the articles 51 (1) and 55 (5) of the Constitution. But, sometimes, orders are seen giving on the issues under the jurisdiction of the President," she said.
"If one (organ of the state) interferes with another's job then it will be tough to run the state or ensure justice or peace or development of the country," she said.
She also asked Law Minister Anisul Haq to take prompt measures to establish the first-ever law university in Bangladesh likewise other countries upon a proposal put forward by the Chief Justice.
Sheikh Hasina said introducing e-Judiciary system is important for the country's judicial process to remove backlog and procrastination of the cases.
The Prime Minister also said the trial of infamous criminals can be held through virtual courts to lessen the risk and hassle of bringing and taking back the notorious criminals from jail as there is a risk that they might be snatched midway.
Sheikh Hasina said the e-Judiciary will help the litigants get duplicate copies of verdicts without any hassle.
"We have already introduced the cause list through Digital Display Board in the Supreme Court and 13 districts. It will be introduced in all other districts in phases," she continued.
Sheikh Hasina requested the judges to deliver the verdicts of lawsuits in Bangla alongside English taking into consideration the poor knowledge of most of the litigants in the foreign language.
The Prime Minister stressed on more effective uses of the mobile court for checking various crimes such as eve-teasing, adopting unfair means in public exams, extortion, vehicle and environment related crimes, price hike and adulteration.
She said the operation of mobile courts for trial of small crimes could reduce pressure on the judiciary and thus, it could earn confidence of the people as punishment is given to the wrongdoers on the spot.
As many as 411,800 mobile court operations have been conducted by which 1,010,334 cases have so far been disposed of and Tk 292 crore realized as fine in the last 10 years, she added.
The Prime Minister has assured the judges of giving proper security as they have risk in dealing with notorious criminals.
Spelling out the measures taken by her government to enhance the capability of the judiciary and reduce the crisis of necessary court rooms, the Prime Minister said that they have made extension of the district judge court buildings in 128 districts.
In this context, she said that a project has already been approved to construct and expand the Supreme Court building with necessary facilities.
The government has already approved the purchase of 128 vehicles for additional district and session judges.
The Prime Minister extended her thanks to the judiciary for delivering the judgment in scraping the indemnity law paving the way of holding trial of the assassins of the Father of the Nation.
In this context, she said they have been denied justice for a long time as she was not even allowed to file a case to seek justice of the murder, she said.
The Prime Minister also expressed her gratitude to the judiciary as they termed illegal the grabbing of state power by the military dictators after the assassination of Bangabandhu.
In this regard, she said, "The court verdict helps continue the democratic trend in the country and expedite the country's development freeing it from stigma."
Referring to holding quick trial of some sensational cases like the Feni Madrasa student Nusrat killing, she said the confidence and trust of the people on judiciary have increased through the verdicts.
The Prime Minister said her government appointed adequate judges and established sufficient infrastructures for removing deficiency of enough court building and judge's residences across the country.
The Prime Minister hoped that the judges will work for ensuring the rule of law and justice as well as utilising their talents and creativity being responsible to the country, people and the Constitution.