Justice Mahmud Hossain made new CJ

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Dhaka, Feb 02: The President on Friday appointed Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, a judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, as new chief justice of the country.

Joynal Abedin, press secretary to President Abdul Hamid, confirmed the matter in the afternoon.

Justice Mahmud will be the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh when the president appoints him.

The new chief justice will be sworn-in around 7:00pm on Saturday at the Bangabhaban, he added.

The post of the chief justice fell vacant after Chief Justice SK Sinha resigned on November 10 last year after he went on leave on health ground in October.

Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the senior most judge of the appellate division has been performing functions as the CJ from October 3 last year.

Born in 1954, Justice Mahmud obtained BSc, LLB and completed six-month long ‘Commonwealth Young Lawyers Course’ from the School of Oriental African Studies and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, both part of London University.

He was enrolled as an advocate of the District Court and the High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court in the year 1981 and 1983 respectively. Mahmud Hossain also acted as Deputy Attorney General from December, 1999 till elevation to the bench.

He was elevated as an additional judge of the High Court Division in 2001 and judge of the division in 2003.

Later, he was elevated to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2011.

In 2012, Mahmud visited courts of Canada and USA under the Judicial Strengthening (JUST) Project supported by UNDP to share experience and exchange views with judges of those countries for improving justice delivery system.