Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Saturday extended the tenure of the online courts until June 15 instead of reopening the courts.
The government decided to operate all of its offices in limited scale from today after lifting the public holidays— from March 25 to May 30.
On May 10, the chief justice for the first time in the country empowered the Appellate Division chamber judge and three High Court judges to hear online the most urgent matters relating to writ petitions, bail appellations and civil and company cases during the long public holiday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, the subordinate courts had also empowered to hear online only bail applications during the public holidays.
On Saturday, the chief justice extended the tenure of the online subordinate until June 15 and directed all the courts to hear and dispose off all kind of urgent cases during the period.
Similarly the chief justice extended the period of online High Court benches and also increased the number of online High Court benches from 3 to 11.
Earlier there were one writ court, two criminal courts and one company court.
Now the chief justice constituted six online benches to writ petitions, three online benches to hear criminal matters, one bench to hear company matter and another online bench to hear family disputes.
Earlier in the day the chief justice administered online oaths of 18 High Court judges who were regularised by the president on Thursday.
They 18 judges are: Justice Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar, Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman, Justice Fatema Najib, Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Molla, Justice SM Kuddus Zaman, Justice Md Atowar Rahman, Justice SM Abdul Mobin, Justice Khizir Hayat, Justice Shashanka Shekhar Sarkar, Justice Mohammad Ali, Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim, Justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan, Justice Md Khairul Alam, Justice SM Moniruzzaman, Justice Ahmed Sohel, Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir, Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman, and Justice KM Hafizul Alam.
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