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National judicial conference ends with a call to get rid of case baccklogs

DHAKA, Dec 25, 2016 (BSS) - The second National Judicial Conference ended here today with repeated calls for getting rid of case backlogs and culture of wasting time in trial process.

"This (wasting time in trial process) may make the justice seekers to lose their faith on the rule of law and make them impatient ... we have to leave this culture for good," said Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha while addressing the second and concluding day of the conference at Supreme Court Auditorium here this afternoon.

"I know you have to work with many limitations including lack of

infrastructure against the growing expectations for justice. You have to remember that it is a citizen's constitutional right to get justice without any delay and at minimum cost and we are oath bound to ensure this right of the citizens' and no limitations can be accepted as an excuse in this regard," said the chief justice.

"I hear that some district judges avoid holding hearing after lunch break, which is not acceptable at all. They should make the cause list in a way so that the concerned court can be active the whole office time," Justice Sinha said.

He added: "Some judges leave their working districts for the

capital after lunch break on every Thursday and go back again on Sunday. We can see vehicles of district judicial officers plying on streets of the capital. It is very bad practice."

Meanwhile, discussions were held on subjects like NGO's role in

government legal aid activities, problems in implementing Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000, alternative dispute resolution and the solutions and things to do in increasing efficiency of court administration.

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha inaugurated the two-day event at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital on Saturday.

Presided over by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the inaugural session was addressed by former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif and State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, among others.

It is the second time the Supreme Court has organized such a conference in a bid to reform the judiciary. Last year, it was arranged for the first time and was widely appreciated.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)