Judiciary burdened with over 3m pending cases: Minister

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 21:37, Aug 22, 2019 | Updated : 21:38, Aug 22, 2019

The country’s judiciary has become burdened with around 3.2 million pending cases with new cases being filed across the country every day, says Law Minister Anisul Huq.
“There is a saying that justice delayed, justice denied. Now a new dimension has been added to it, when justice gets delayed, the possibility of street justice gets involved and we don’t want this to happen,” he said on Thursday (Aug 22).
The minister was speaking at a discussion on National Justice Audit Bangladesh at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
The programme was organised under a project titled “Justice Reform and Corruption Prevention (JRCP)”, being jointly implemented by the Law Ministry and German development agency GIZ.
Anisul said that the Justice Audit show 18 percent of the cases were disposed across the country between 2013 and 2016 with a 29 percent rise in case backlog.
Vowing to reduce the rising number of pending cases, the minister said that efforts were underway to facilitate alternative dispute resolution method in this regard.
District judges, chief judicial magistrates, metropolitan magistrates and equivalent judicial officers across the country joined the programme, among others.