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16 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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More judges and courts are needed

It is very worrying that more and more cases are piling up at the country’s lower and higher courts. An Independent report yesterday mentioned that at present the total cases now pending for disposal in the country are more than 35 lakh. Of these, five lakh cases are pending before the High Court, and the rest 30 lakh are before the country’s lower courts.

Bangladesh’s justice delivery system has long been hamstrung by inadequate judicial personnel. Bangladesh’s population is increasing very rapidly. With this, the crimes are also increasing. But the number of judges and courts has not increased accordingly. In courts, the rate of disposal of cases is falling behind the rate of filing of cases. As cases are not cleared off quickly, litigants are suffering. The accused also suffer when delay in justice delivery occurs.

The most tragic thing occurs for the convicted person, as a convicted person already in prison is declared innocent in the highest court. In this particular instance, the delay in disposal of cases particularly becomes unbearable for the relevant person. It baffles people in the judiciary as to how would then the state compensate the victim’s prison life. That is why it is a moral duty of the state, judges as well as lawyers to dispose of cases as early as possible. For the litigants as well as the accused, the proverb holds true: "Justice delayed is justice denied".

However in Bangladesh’s perspective, this very thing is happening. That the cases are piling up in the courts of the country is nothing new. For many years, this process is continuing. But what is most worrying is that the law ministry or people responsible for running the judiciary are not taking any serious action in this regard. If the right steps to clear the backlog of cases are not taken immediately, more cases will pile up in the courts making it a monumental problem.    

The relevant courts thus ought to take steps now to dispose of those cases that have been pending for a long time such as five years or more. According to the report, some 548,014 cases have been pending for more than five years; on the other hand, 2,43,455 criminal cases are pending before the lower courts for disposal for more than five years. Considering the acute problem of backlog of cases, the time has come now to force the relevant courts to dispose of their cases through strict measures.  

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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