SC starts virtual proceedings

Staff Correspondent

14 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court started judicial functions applying digital technology on Monday due to coronavirus outbreak in the country.

It is the first function by full bench of the Appellate Division four months after interregnum due to social distancing.

A six-member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain discharged the judicial functions from 10:00am to 1:15pm.

The Chief Justice at the outset said the virtual court system needs to be taken forward.

Initially, the Appellate Division will operate judicial functions on Monday and Thursday every week.

He said the apex court bench will operate in five working days a week, if the virtual proceedings work successfully.

The Chief Justice extended a note of thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Law Minister Anisul Huq for taking timely steps to convert the Usage of Information and Communication Technology in Court 2020 into a permanent law. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Supreme Court Bar Association President Advocate AM Amin Uddin hailed the apex court for its virtual proceedings.

The Appellate Division heard and disposed of two cases against 20 cases in the cause list. More than 90 percent lawyers cannot connect to the virtual court proceedings and they cannot provide services to the litigant.

Law Minister on Sunday inaugurated a training programme for the lawyers and public prosecutors of the lower courts to boost their adaptation with virtual courts.