The Appellate Division’s court-1 will hold online proceedings in limited scale for three days — Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday — in every week until the chief justice gives further order.
The Appellate Division’s chamber judge will hold online proceedings for two other days — Monday and Wednesday— to hear urgent cases, said a notification issued by Appellate Division registrar Md Badrul Alam Bhuiyan.
The tenure of online proceedings of the previously-constituted four High Court benches have been extended until the chief justice gives further order, HC registrar Golam Rabbani said in another circular on Sunday.
Previously only Appellate Division’s chamber judge had been holding online proceedings for two days on Tuesday and Thursday while the four HC benches were assigned to hear and dispose of urgent cases until April 11 in line with the government restriction on offices and businesses since April 4.
As per the new schedules, the Appellate Division’s court-1 chaired by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain will hold online proceedings for the three days from 9:30am while the Appellate Division’s chamber judge will hold online courts from 11:00am for the two days.
The new schedule also extended the tenures of proceedings of the four benches in which — the bench of M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman were asked to hear and dispose of urgent writ cases, the bench of FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Shahed Nuruddin were asked to hear and dispose of urgent civil cases, the bench of JBM Hassan and Razik-Al-Jalil were asked to hear and dispose of urgent criminal cases and the company bench of Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar was asked to hear and dispose of urgent company cases.
Earlier on Sunday the Supreme Court Bar Association’s former secretary Momtazuddin Ahmed Mehedi in a letter to the chief justice requested him to operate online proceedings of at least 35 benches in the High Court to mitigate sufferings of the litigant public.
Mehedi also urged the chief justice to operate all district and metropolitan sessions judge courts and tribunals besides the metropolitan and judicial magistrate courts for the above mentioned reasons.
Some Supreme Court lawyers under the banner of general lawyers Oikya Parishad Sunday morning brought out a procession on the SC compound to press the demand to resume all courts both virtually and on regular manner.
Currently one court from the courts of chief judicial magistrates and chief metropolitan magistrates across the country has been asked by the chief justice to operate since April 4 to hear and dispose of prayers for bails and remands of newly arrested persons.
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