Govt to settle 6 lakh cases this year

To overcome the backlog of cases in the Supreme Court, the government is eyeing to settle almost six lakh cases this year. Law Minister Anisul Huq came up with the comments while talking to reporters after inaugurating a training course for Assistant Judges at Judicial Administration Training Institute, as chief guest, in the capital on Wednesday.

He said, “If we say we will dispose of all the pending 30 lakh cases, this is not possible. But we have a plan to reduce five to six lakh pending cases this year, and as per our plan, we will appoint more manpower to our judicial courts.” The government will take up the required programs to increase the manpower to meet the target.

“We have to strengthen alternative dispute regulation (ADR). For this necessary training will be provided to the lower court judges. We are also working to make ADR familiar, so that more people can settle their respective disputes outside the court,” he added. While replying to another question, the minister said, “I do not think that there is reluctance about ADR among the lawyers. If we can make it popular gradually and people accept this with a warm heart, the lawyers cannot create any obstacle to this”.

“Now people of the country have faith in the judiciary only because of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led present government’s positive activity in the last decade. The government is also increasing facilities for the judges,” the minister added. Urging everyone to work with dignity to be an example in the coming days for others, he urged the judges, “General public does not feel the frustration or adverse reaction over the judiciary system. These mass people have also a direct or indirect contribution to become your judge”.

Law and parliamentary affairs secretary Golam Sarwar and Judicial Training Institute director-general Khandaker Musa Khaled, among others, were also present on the occasion.