Tuesday, 8 February 2011

HC picks up the pace: Disposes of over 50,000 cases in 4 months as CJ initiates effective case management system

The High Court has disposed more than 50,000 cases over the last four months following the chief justice's initiative to speed up the disposal of cases.
The backlog of cases has now come down to 3.03 lakh from 3.55 lakh four months ago, shows a study report of the Supreme Court.

On assumption of office in September last year, Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque took measures for quick disposal of more than one lakh criminal cases pending with the HC, said an SC official wishing anonymity.
The court disposed 14,172 cases in January while the figure stood at 5,587 in December last year.
In recent months, more cases have been disposed than filed, says the report.
SC Registrar M Ashraful Islam recently told The Daily Star that if the present trend continues, the backlog of cases will gradually come down.
At least 3,17,475 cases remained pending with the HC till January. Nearly 3,713 cases were filed with the court in January, the report shows.
About 540 death reference cases now remain pending with the HC. Five of them were sent to HC benches for hearing and disposal while nine others are ready to be heard, says the report.
At least 9,141 cases remained pending with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court till December 31, said an official at the apex court preferring anonymity.
The chief justice's close monitoring and supervision of case management has helped hasten the disposal rate of cases, said the official.
The chief justice also assigned two HC benches for prompt disposal of the cases filed in 2010.
Eminent jurist Dr Shahdeen Malik told The Daily Star that disposal of over 50,000 cases in four months is a significant achievement of the HC. It clearly justifies the chief justice's initiative that was criticised by a section of lawyers.
“If this trend continues, I think the backlog of cases will be reduced to a very tolerable level by the end of this year, and the litigants won't have to wait for years to get their cases disposed,” he said
The Daily Star

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