Case management seminar held

13 Dec 2013

image As a result of CMC activities the backlog of cases started reducing in the pilot areas and the case disposal rates increased from 77% to 81%. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

A day long Case Management Seminar was organized  by Judicial Strengthening project (JUST) on 13 December 2013 with the participation of all the judges of the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The objective of the workshop was to share knowledge, experience and views about the case management mechanism of the High Court Division and Swat Analysis of its strengths and weakness with a view to identify the deficiencies and impediments.

In the inaugural speech, the Hon’ble Chief Justice Md. Muzzammel Hossain, presented the overall scenario of case backlog of the Supreme Court from 1972 to 2013.

Stressing on reducing the case backlog, the chief justice told to the judges of the higher court, “The massive case backlog of delays the disposal of cases. Now time is of greater value for every litigant. The nature of the cases also d emands expeditious decisions. Delays increase the cost of litigation and sometimes act against the very objective of coming to court. It discourages people to bring genuine disputes to the courts and encourages them resorting to extra-judicial means of dispute resolution.”

The four Case Management Committees of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, established in February 2013, presented their first report in the presence of Special Committee of Judicial Reforms and the judges of High Courts Division containing the obstructions in the way of dispensation of quality justice and also suggested remedial measures to prepare a road map for future reforms of the case management process of the Supreme Court.

In February 2013, after the inception of the Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) with the ultimate aim of reducing the backlog from the Supreme Court along with its three pilot district courts, the Reform Committee of Judicial Reform of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh established 4 Case Management Committees in the High Court Division on Civil, Criminal, Writ, and Original Jurisdiction cases and another 3 Case Management Committee in its pilot districts Courts of Dhaka, Kishoreganj and Rangamati.

As a result of CMC activities the backlog of cases started reducing in the pilot areas and the case disposal rates increased from 77% to 81% resulting in people spending less time in courts to resolve their disputes.

In the 2nd session, all the judges of the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh met in a brain storming session and invaluable discussion.