1800 judges for 16.5 crore people...

Dhaka, Monday   18 January 2021

1800 judges for 16.5 crore people

 Ahmed Tanvir daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:37 PM, 7 November 2020  

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The number of cases pending in the country’s courts is about 37 lakh. On the other hand, the number of cases is constantly increasing daily. However, the number of judges is not increasing compared to that. 

The number of judges for the trial of 16.5 crore people of the country is about 1800, as a result, the number of cases is increasing due to less number of judges than the population. At the same time, the trial seekers are suffering due to the delay in settling the cases. 

According to the Ministry of Law source, the number of judges in the lower courts (District and Sessions Judge’s Court, Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court and Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court) is around 2,000. Of these, 1,812 people are currently working. 

As per that, there are about 188 vacancies. Among them – 34 posts are vacant in the district judge post, 21 in the women and child repression tribunal and 7 in the cybercrime tribunal.

According to the Supreme Court sources, the number of pending cases in the country is 36,84,728. Of these – 23,617 are pending in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and 4,89,068 cases in the High Court division. The number of cases pending in the lower courts is 31,72,043.

The analysis shows that per judge conduct 3938 cases in the Appellate Division, 5041 cases in the High Court Division, and 1750 cases in the lower courts.

According to the data, the Law Commission recommended the appointment of 3,000 judges for the lower courts in 2014, but it has not been implemented yet. 

According to statistics, the number of judges in Bangladesh is negligible in proportion to the population. There is only one judge for every one lakh people in the country. There are 107 judges for 1 million people in US, 75 in Canada, 51 in England, 41 in Australia and 16 in India. But there are only “10 judges for 1 million people” in Bangladesh. 

Lawyers feel that it is not possible to reduce the complexity of the case with such a small number of judges. About this, Zainul Abedin, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, hoped that the government would appoint honest, competent and meritorious judges by going beyond politics. In this way, the trial seekers will get fair justice and people’s confidence in the law will increase, he added.

When asked, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the number of judges for the country’s pending cases is insufficient. Currently, there is only one judge for every one lakh people. “However, the process of filling the vacant posts in lower courts across the country is underway. Hopefully, this process will end soon,” he further said.