People from different strata of the society have made a call to the government for introducing city courts to resolve petty offences and disputes through out- of- the court arbitration.
The demand was made by eminent lawyers, public representatives and journalists at a workshop on the prospect of the city courts. The two-day workshop was held at Madaripur with concluding sessions on Saturday.Drafted by Madaripur Legal Aid Association, a city court law was placed at the workshop to be examined and discussed.
Advocate Fazlul Haq, founder of Madaripur Legal Aid Association, presided over the event which was addressed by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) honorary executive director Barrister Sara Hossain, rights worker Nur Khan Liton, Nagarik Udyog chief executive Zakir Hossain, Madaripur upazila chairman Obaidul Rahman, Madaripur municipality panel mayor Saida Salma and councillor Daigi Salma, and Madaripur Legal Aid Association coordinators Khan Md Shahid and Ibrahim Miah.
BLAST and Nagarik Udyok were co-host of the workshop which was attended by office bearers and members of Dhaka-based Law Reporters’ Forum.
LRF President Mashhudul Haque, former President of Dhaka Reporters' Unity Ilias Hossain, LRF Vice President Azizul Islam Pannu, General Secretary Muhammad Yasin, and senior member Advocate Ashraf-ul-Alam were present.
Speaking on the occasion, legal experts and right workers underscored need for city courts for settling petty disputes through arbitration.
Introducing city courts will reduce litigants’ sufferings and case backlogs in the courts, they said.Citing feedback from village and municipal courts, they said resolving petty dispute through arbitration has gained much popularity in the rural area for being cost-effective and timely.
However, city corporations in the capital and other metropolitan cities are devoid of such system of resolving minor disputes, requiring city courts to be introduced, they opined.