More than 3 million cases awaiting settlement
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said an estimated 3 million cases are pending for disposal before courts across the country.
He stressed that the unusual backlog of cases has to be brought down reasonably.
The minister came up with the observations while addressing a discussion event on National Justice Audit Bangladesh at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on on Thursday.
“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.
He sounded the alarm on rising number of cases awaiting settlement at a time when the situation is almost getting out of hand with the backlog.
The program was organized under a project titled Justice Reform and Corruption Prevention (JRCP), being jointly implemented by Law Ministry and German development agency GIZ.
District judges, chief judicial magistrates, metropolitan magistrates and equivalent judicial officers across the country joined the program, among others.
Presided over by Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar, the discussion was also addressed by Deputy German Ambassador Burkhard Ducofre, Supreme Court Registrar General Dr Md Zakir Hossain and project director of GIZ Bangladesh project and Joint Secretary UmmeQulsum, among others.