Case backlog barrier to rule of law

20 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It is well said that justice delayed is justice denied. The backlog of a staggering 3.6 million pending cases in various courts of the country will surely serve as a major obstacle to delivering justice on time if prompt action is not taken in this regard. A justice-based society is a precondition for socio-economic development and establishment of rule of law can accelerate the pace of development.

The government is relentlessly trying to achieve sustainable development goals under the epic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina aimed at attaining higher economic statuses by 2021 and 2041. Homicide, violence against women and children, human trafficking and sexual violence are major hurdles in promoting a peaceful and inclusive society. If such obstacles are removed, it will go a long way in achieving sustainable development of the country.

Also, financial crimes, especially corruption in the banking sector and bribery, money laundering and embezzlement of public assets are posing formidable challenges to gaining expected pace of development. The SDG No. 16 urges nations to ensure easy access to justice for all and for building accountable public institutions for equitable distribution of public resources and services. The backlog of cases is a major barrier here as well.

The government has fixed strategic goals to end the case backlogs and accelerate the pace of disposing those cases. It has rightly identified the shortage of courtrooms as one of the prime reasons for this crisis.

To overcome this challenge, the government is set to establish the required number of cyber tribunals, additional district and session judge courts, joint district judge courts, environment courts, and environment appeal courts. It has also decided to create 346 posts of the judicial magistrates or senior judicial magistrates or metropolitan magistrates for the purpose.

The government has also created case monitoring cells headed by solicitors along with case management committees in every district. Training of the judges has been arranged to help them cope with the gigantic pressure of case backlogs.

We earnestly hope all steps taken to overcome the crisis will be judiciously completed to give the people their right to justice on time and spare the affected from becoming paupers by way of paying solicitors as well as other legal or illegal cash required to fight cases.