Enhancing capabilities of village courts stressed

RANGPUR, Government officials at inaugural function of a training course today stressed on enhancing capabilities of the people involved with conducting activities of village courts to quickly resolve local disputes.

The district administration organised the twoday refreshers' training

course on 'Village Court' for union parisahd secretaries and village court

assistants of 14 union parishads at conference room of Learning and Resource

Centre in the city.

The event is being arranged with assistance of the Activating Village

Courts in Bangladesh (second phase) project.

The Local Government Division is implementing the project with financial

assistance of European Union and UNDP.

Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib attended the function as the chief guest

with Deputy Director (Local Government) Syed Farhad Hossain in the chair.

District Facilitator of the project Md. Matiur Rahman narrated goals of

the project that aims to further strengthening activities of village courts

in reaching justice easily to the rural poor at their doorsteps.

He discussed laws and rules related to village courts, procedures of

conducting its activities and ways for further strengthening activities of

village courts to make those peoplefriendly and popular among common people.

The proejct is currently being implemented in 41 unions of Sadar,

Kawnia, Taraganj, Badaragnja and Pirganj upazials of Rangpur in the second

pahse, Matiur added.

The participants narrated field level experiences in running activities

of village courts and prevailing challenges with suggestions for further

strengthening of village courts.

The chief guest stressed on informing public about benefits of village

courts those are capable of resolving minor disputes and conflicts amicably

without knocking doors of district level lower courts or police stations.

He suggested the participants to acquire knowledge from the training to

enhance their capabilities for smoothly running activities of village courts

to resolve minor disputes and conflicts locally and reduce pressure of cases

on lower courts.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)