Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) organised the launching of “Case Management in Reducing Case Backlog: Towards Transplant of Australian Practice to Bangladesh Courts” written by Ms. Ummey Sharaban Tahura, Joint District & Session Judge. Ms. Tahura is a PhD candidate at Macquarie University, Australia. The ceremony took place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at BILIA Auditorium in Dhanmondi.
The ceremony was chaired by Mr. M.K. Rahman, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Dr. S. M. Masum Billah, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Jagannath University and Dr. AKM Emdadul Haque, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dhaka were the designated discussants at the event.
Dr. Shahdeen Malik, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Honorary Director of BILIA in his commencing speech stated that case backlog is a long standing problem which almost every country of this globe has been through and/or still struggling with. In the United States of America, only 11, 00, 000 asylum cases are pending; Dr. Malik added. He further expressed that the case backlog problem of Bangladesh is decreasing and can be resolved fully with adoption of strategies which were helpful in resolving the same in other countries.
In her book, Ms. Tahura compared the court system of Bangladesh with that of New South Wales (NSW) Australia concerning the courts’ structure, procedures to appoint judges, jurisdiction of the specific court, the separation of the judiciary from the executive, and other institutions relating to the court system in her book. The book aims to show how case management can reduce case backlogs from the civil trial courts of Bangladesh by finding the practical causes through empirical research following grounded theory.
The distinguished guests shared their experiences and observations on the case backlog problem as well as on the book at the event. The notable guests included Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi public health activist, and Judge Mofizur Rahman Bhuiyan of Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court. Dr. Chowdhury spoke from the point of view of a victim of this legal system where case backlog is a serious matter of concern. Judge Mofizur Rahman Bhuiyan said that the number of judges should be increased, and everyone should change our mindset and put their best effort to resolve this problem.
The event was covered by Research Team (Law), BILIA.