One judge for more than one lakh people in Bangladesh: law minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:43, Feb 18,2020


Law minister Anisul Huq on Monday told parliament that there was one judge for one lakh people in Bangladesh while India has one judge for 50,000 people.

In reply to a query from Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque, the law minister said there was one judge for 20,000 people each in England, while one judge for 10,000 people each in USA, France and Italy.

The law minister placed the comparison in the House quoting 120th report of Law Commission of India.

The Law Minister informed the house that the number of total pending cases in the higher and lower courts in the country was around 36.40 lakh as of September, 2019.

‘I don’t have any hesitation to admit that the number of judges is inadequate in the country to dispose of the pending cases,’ he said in a scripted answer.

He added that there were only seven justices in the Appellate Division to dispose of 22,596 cases while there were 97 judges in the High Court to dispose of some 4.91 lakh cases.

Anisul Huq also said that there were 1967 judges in lower courts to dispose of some 31.28 lakh cases.

The law minister mentioned the government’s various measures, including increasing number of judges to expedite the trial process and to reduce the backlog of cases.

‘Like the judiciary of other countries, the government will create more posts for judges in accordance with the rising number of population,’ said the minister.

While responding to a query from Treasury Bench, lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Sarker, Anisul Huq said vehicles would be arranged for all judges in phases for their transportation.

In reply to a query from JP lawmaker Rustum Ali Faraji, state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain informed the House that there were 153 females working as Upazila Nirbahi Officer.

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