97 assistant judges appointed to lower courts

Staff Correspondent

21 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government appointed 97 new assistant judges to the lower courts which are burdened with backlog of 3.1 million cases.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification as to the appointment on Sunday.

A press release issued by the ministry on Monday said new assistant judges are directed to join offices on January 28.  

The High Court and the subordinate courts are currently dealing with more than 3.4 million cases, Law Minister Anisul Huq told parliament on Sunday.

A total of 5,13,396 cases are pending with the High Court while 31,27,243 with lower courts, he added.

Of the cases, 14,53,107 are relating to civil disputes, 20,90,526 criminal and 97,006 writ petitions and others.

Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina has taken various steps to boost capacity of the judiciary by appointing judges and subordinate staffs and increasing infrastructural and logistic supports.

Code of Civil Procedure was already amended paving way for settling land, family and other civil disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). So, a portion of civil cases are being settled out of the court.

Law minister Anisul Huq has emphasized need for settling compoundable criminal cases through ADR.