Final draft on lower court judges’ service rules submitted to CJ

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Dhaka, July 27: The final draft of the lower court judges’ service rules has finally been submitted to the chief justice.

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Thursday afternoon submitted the final draft of the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges to Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

The Chief Justice will now examine the draft. If he approves it, the draft will be sent to the President for approval before issuing a gazette notification in this regard.

Earlier on July 23, a six-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha gave the government one week to publish the gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges following a petition filed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.

On July 2 last, the Supreme Court gave the government two weeks for publishing the gazette notification mentioning it as the last chance.

Earlier on May 29, the SC gave two more weeks to issue the gazette after providing another two-week’s time on May 15.

The same court on May 8 gave one more week to issue the gazette. On April 4, the SC extended time up to May 8 in this connection.

On March 14, it extended the time by two weeks for issuing the gazette. Before that, the court, on February 27, gave the government two weeks to publish the gazette as it failed to do so in time.

The court on February 5 ordered the authorities concerned to issue the gazette notification by February 12.

On November 24 last year, it gave the government one week to publish the gazette notification.

The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.

On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case (separation of judiciary) issued a 12-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules for the lower court judges.

The Law Ministry on May 7, 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.