A staggering 36 lakh cases are pending in various courts of the country till March this year.
“The number of the cases pending with the country’s higher and lower courts is 35,82,347,” law minister Anisul Huq told parliament while responding a tabled question of reserved seat lawmaker Habiba Rahman Khan.The day’s business began at about 3:00pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
The law minister said the number of pending cases in the appellate division is 21,813.
Of them, some 14,023 are civil cases, 7655 criminal cases and 135 contempt cases, he said.
The number of cases with the High Court Division is 5,06,664. Of them 96,114 are civil cases, 317,443 are criminal cases and 93,107 are on other matters.
With the lower courts, the number of the pending civil cases is 13,28,600 while the number of criminal cases is 17,25,270.
Huq said that the government took steps like increasing the number of judges and overturning situation by efforts for quick disposal of the number of cases.Answering another question of treasury bench MP Haji Md Salim, the minister said that there are 59,860 cases pending with family courts across the country.
He said the highest 5509 cases were pending with family courts in Dhaka, followed by 4643 in family courts in Chattogram, 2165 in Mymensing,1996 in Rajshahi and 1898 in Bagura.
The law minister said that the government is going to establish seven cyber tribunals, 122 additional district and session judge courts, 159 joint district Judge Courts, 19 environment courts, and six environment appeal courts to reduce the plight of the justice seekers and reduce the number of pending cases in the courts.
It also decided to create 346 post of judicial magistrate or senior judicial magistrate or metropolitan magistrate for the same purpose.
Public Administration Minister and Finance Minister have given their consent to set up the seven cyber tribunal while Public Administration Ministry gave its approval to create chief metropolitan magistrate courts in Gazipur and Rangpur.
Process is on to appoint supportive employees in the courts, the Minister said.
He said that crisis of courtrooms is one of the hurdles for quick disposal of cases. “The government is working to bring pace in trial by removing the scarcity of courtrooms and highest usage of the working hours,” he said.
In this connection, he said that the government has approved a project of constructing 12 storied building with modern facilities in the Supreme Court. The process to implement the project is going on.
For the lower courts the government has implementing a project for constructing chief judicial magistrate court buildings in 42 districts. The construction of 25 chief judicial magistrate court buildings have been completed where the judicial works are going on and construction works of the rest 17 districts are going on.
The process of preparing DPP for rest of the 22 chief judicial magistrate court buildings is going on.
The Minister mentioned that the government has done the vertical expansion of district judge courts in 28 districts while preparation of the DPP for the rest 36 districts is under process.
Besides, increasing the number of judges and courtrooms, the government has given attention in the case management. To resolve the old cases initiatives have been taken to make present the witnesses after summoning them to dispose the cases quickly.
Monitoring cell is working to dispose the old cases on priority basis under the leadership of a solicitor. Case management committees have been formed in every district.
For mitigating the transport problem of additional district and session judges, who usually conduct the murder, dacoities, rape and other sophisticated cases, the government has approved to procure 128 vehicles and the process is on. The posts for the drives of these vehicles have been created.
The government has taken initiative for training of the judges in the lower courts for bringing dynamism and pace in disposing cases. Process to send 540 judges in the Western Sydney University of Australia has been started and 321 judges already got their training. Some 320 judges took training in National Judicial Academy at Bhupal in India. 30 judges took training in Japan with financial assistance from JICA while 20 judges in China and 14 judges and prosecutors in the USA.
Judicial Administration Training Institute from 2014 to 2018 trained 2838 judges, 135 GP/PP and 193 court staffs. Besides, 59 judges have been given training on e-procurement.
“In phases more judges will be given higher training at home and abroad,” the minister said.