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5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 February, 2018 01:34:48 AM
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CJ for coordination between state organs

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Newly appointed Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday stressed the need for maintaining coordination among three state organs - legislative, executive and judiciary to take forward the country’s development. “A country's progress takes place through the mutual cooperation among these three organs. Lack of coordination can hinder this progress. So, I will try to uphold the balance among the three organs of the state,” the newly appointed chief justice said while addressing a reception programme held at the Court Number-1 of the Appellate Division.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Advocate Zainul Abedin accorded a felicitation for new Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, who joined as the 22nd chief justice of the country yesterday morning. During the felicitation prgramme, the chief justice also said that he would do everything possible for him to strongly establish the rule of law and to ensure justice equally for all.

“We will have to build up the image of the court in such a manner that the people can feel they are all equal and they will get justice from the court in accordance with the law. Therefore, faith and confidence of the people towards the court will be stronger,” he said. He also called for enactment of law for appointing Supreme Court judges according to the constitution, in the present context.

The formulation of a law for appointing the judges under Article 95 (2) (C) of the Constitution is inevitable under the present context, he added. “The backlog of cases is a big problem. We have to work in a united manner to solve this problem. Sincere assistance from the bar association is also necessary to this effect,” he said.

He also sought cooperation from the Supreme Court Bar Association to reduce backlog of cases and said lawyers should not seek unreasonable adjournment of hearing of cases for the greater interest of reducing the backlog of cases. The chief justice asked SC judges to discharge their duties to protect and preserve the constitution. “Honesty is the main strength of a judge and he should be accountable to his conscience. If the judges conduct trials as per their oath, no separate service rule will be needed for them,” he added.

Urging his colleague judges at the Supreme Court to conduct trials as per the constitution, laws and oath, the chief justice also stressed on maintaining coordination between the bar and the bench. Comparing the bar and the bench with the two wings of a bird, the chief justice said a bird can't fly without the help of both of its wings.

The chief justice said he would take steps to increase SC budget, number of judges proportionate to cases, and establish national judicial academy for their training. All the judges of High Court and Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court were present at the function, which was also addressed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Supreme Court Bar Association President Zainul Abedin.

Chief Justice Mahmud, a senior judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed as the chief justice of the country on Friday, superseding the senior most judge, Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah who was serving as the acting Chief Justice for the last four months as per the constitution. Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah was made the acting Chief Justice after the then Chief Justice SK Sinha went on a month-long leave and later tendered his resignation.

Justice Wahhab Miah tendered his resignation letter on Friday afternoon soon after the government announced the appointment of Syed Mahmud Hossain as the country’s chief justice.

President M Abdul Hamid administered Syed Mahmud Hossain’s oath at the Darbar Hall of the Bangabhaban on Saturday.

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