President asks judges, lawyers to ensure ‘hassle free ’ justice to litigants

33

Dhaka, Jan 30: President M Abdul Hamid on Sunday called upon judges, lawyers and others concerned in the law profession to ensure that no litigants are suffered or harassed to get justice anyway.

“Justice-seekers come to you to resolve their problems and get justice . . . So, you have to ensure that they do not face any kind of harassment or suffering in any way,” he told a function at Kishoreganj, joining virtually from Bangabhaban here this afternoon.

The President was delivering his speech at a function to inaugurate the newly constructed 12-storey Chief Judicial Magistrate Court building in Kishoreganj district as well as the construction work of the District Bar Association building named after “President Mohammad Abdul Hamid.”

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque presided over the programme from Bangabhaban while Kishoreganj District and Session Judge Md Sayedur Rahman Khan opened the newly constructed building, on behalf of the President, and the construction work of Kishoreganj District Bar Association building.

The head of state said: “We need to find a way-out to ensure a speedy trial of all pending cases by reducing the prevailing procrastination of case proceedings.”

Noting that the establishment of the rule of law and good governance in the country should be the prime goal of all as per the people’s expectations, Hamid also urged people to reach the benefits of the Great War of Liberation by establishing the rule of law and justice.

President Hamid said the incumbent government is implementing various development projects, including infrastructures to ensure a conducive environment for the Judiciary, these constructions are being built in Kishoreganj as part of it.

The government is very sincere in ensuring the Independence of the Judiciary to establish the rule of law, he added.

The President outlined various steps taken by the government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to increase the number of judges, training and development of the judiciary including the development of infrastructure.

He said legal aid offices have been set up in 64 district headquarters and the Supreme Court to provide legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged.

Terming the random use of the information technology (IT) as an integral part of daily life, the President said the government has taken groundbreaking steps by introducing ‘Virtual Court’ proceedings that helped tremendously at the time of COVID-19 pandemic and it still goes on till date.

At the very outset of his virtual speech, President Hamid paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, all martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War and other democratic movements and martyrs of 15th August, 1975.

Law and Justice Secretary Md Golam Sarwar, Kishoreganj District and Sessions Judge Md Sayedur Rahman Khan, Chief Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Habibullah, Kishoreganj District Bar Association President Shah Azizul Haque and General Secretary Aminul Islam Ratan spoke on the occasion.

Concerned secretaries of Bangabhaban were also present.