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22 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 February, 2020 01:08:26 AM
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Bangla in higher judiciary: The time to start is now

Bangla in higher judiciary: The time to start is now

The view that Bangla ought to be used alongside English in the higher judiciary in the interests of citizens should be given serious consideration both by the Supreme Court and the government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina some time back urged the judiciary to use Bangla in writing the court verdict. Legal experts including the former law minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed also gave his opinion in favour of using Bangla.

Shafique Ahmed, however, pointed out that judges have to deliver verdicts in English since law and related reference books judges use are written in English and it is ‘difficult’ and ‘time-consuming’ to translate those books. However, difficulty and consumption of time should not hinder a nation’s higher courts to follow a foreign tongue in delivering verdicts. Still, a country that fought and laid their lives for preserving the dignity of the mother tongue 68 years ago would make vain the efforts of those language heroes if Bangla is not used in all spheres.

Translating law and related reference books may be difficult but not impossible. Bangla is one of the most powerful languages of the world and great pieces of literature have been written in this language. Therefore, those who think legal proceedings in the court cannot be made in Bangla and verdict cannot be delivered in that language have their problem somewhere else.

Judges and lawyers may feel it convenient to use English because most of them have their education on jurisprudence in English, but should not they have the ability to transmit that in Bangla, when it is their mother tongue? Should we think of ‘international implication’ of law proceedings and verdict when they are conducted and delivered in a home court, ignoring the local needs? The international implication of English is important everywhere in life and not only about the higher judiciary. If we can use Bangla in all state affairs, diplomacy, business, education, etc., why can’t we do that in higher judiciary as well?

We are not against English, not at all; but Bangla cannot be discarded as there is no valid argument in this rejection. The people in the higher judiciary need to think more on the necessity of using Bangla in the court and start giving due value to Bangladesh’s core national ethos.               

 

 

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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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