Case management committee meeting heldSep 26, 2013
On 26 September, the Dhaka District Judge Court which has the largest backlog of cases in Bangladesh and one of the three pilot districts of JUST, held its third Case Management Committee meeting.
In the meeting it was determined that the absence of police witnesses in GR cases (cases filed in the police station) and the witnesses in CR cases (filed in court) is the main cause for case backlog and delaying the justice in criminal cases.
The members of the CMC anonymously decided to involve police representative from the next meeting to ensure presence of police personnel in order to overcome the current scenario. It was also decided that advocate and plaintiff will be personally responsible to ensure the presence of witnesses in CR cases.
Attending the meeting, National Project Director of JUST Mr. S. M. Kuddus Zaman emphasized the periodic performance evaluation of the joint district judges focusing on speedy disposal of non-complicated cases so that significant number of cases can be reduced. It was also decided that training on mediation will be organized for lawyers which would contribute to delay reduction.
Earlier this year the Supreme Court’s Judicial Reform Committee established 4 Case Management Committees in the Supreme Court on Civil, Criminal, Writ, and Original Jurisdiction cases and 3 in the JUST pilot courts in Dhaka, Kishoreganj and Rangamati districts to identify main impediments in speedy disposal of cases and develop recommendations so that informed decisions can be made to improve case management. As a result of CMC activities the backlog of cases started reducing in one of the three Family Courts of the Dhaka District Courts during last three months.