Govt gets time till May 8 for gazette on judges’ service rules

DHAKA, April 4, 2017 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today allowed the state time till May 8 for finalizing service rules and conduct for lower court judges' and publish gazette in this regard.

"Adjourned till May 8," said the apex court full bench as Attorney General Mahbubey Alam pleaded for two-week more time.

The Appellate Division lastly on March 28 had set today for publishing the gazette, as the attorney general pleaded for four weeks time.

Earlier on December 12, 2016, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court had asked the government to finalize rules regarding conduct and service rules for lower court judges and issuing gazette in this regard by January 15.

The apex court passed the order as the Law Ministry on December 11, issued a notification saying the President has decided that there is no need for publishing proposed draft of conduct rules and discipline rules for judicial officers and Bangladesh Judicial Service (service making, appointment to the service post, dismissal, suspension and removal) Rules, 2007 in the Bangladesh gazette.

The Appellate Division on December 8 summoned Law and Justice Division Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque and Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque to appear before it on December 12 to explain the ministry's position over the matter.

The apex court passed the order while hearing a civil appeal in Masdar Hossain case. The SC on December 2, 1999, delivered the historic verdict with 12-point directives for separating the judiciary from the executive.

The law ministry later submitted a draft of service rules regarding conduct for the lower court judges before the apex court. The Supreme Court had asked to amend the draft and publish it as gazette notification.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)