Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said the government will do whatever is needed to ease the long-running backlog of cases in the country’s courts.
“We’ll follow all the methods practised in the world to minimise the backlog of cases in courts,” he told reporters after joining a programme at the city’s Judicial Administration Training Institute.
The Law Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the 43rd and 44th special founding courses for assistant judges and equivalent judges there.
He said it is now a big challenge for judges to minimise the number of pending cases in the country’s courts. “If this challenge can’t be tackled right now, it’ll get even harder in the future.”
More than 34 lakh cases are pending with both the higher and lower courts across the country, according to a statistics placed in Parliament by the Law Minister in October last.
Of them, over five lakh cases are pending with the higher court and the rest with the lower ones.
Describing the judges as the driven force of the judiciary, Anisul Huq said the President would appoint judges to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court whenever he deems it necessary.
He said judges are being given different sorts of training at home and abroad. The capacity of the Judicial Administration Training Institute has been enhanced, he said.
Now70 participants can join two foundation training courses simultaneously at the institute, he said, adding that it has been possible due to the effective steps taken by the government.
Earlier at the programme, the Law Minister said the government is constructing high-rise infrastructures at the district level for judicial purposes. The judges are receiving training in Australia, China, Japan and India alongside the local ones.
He said the government raised the salaries and allowances of the judges significantly in addition to ensuring car facility for them. The purpose of all this is to ensure timely justice and meet the public expectation.
Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar also spoke at the function held with Director General of the training institute Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana in the chair.