Plan to make ADR system mandatory
The government is going to digitise the court records and case management systems to enable the lawyers and litigants to go instantly through the latest position of the cases by pressing a switch, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.
He said if the digital system is introduced, the current 'colonial and adversarial' methods in the court administration and case managements of the country would be removed and the litigants will get quick justice easily.
The minister said the government is planning to amend the relevant laws for making mandatory the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system in disposing of both the civil and criminal cases to reduce the huge backlog of the pending cases at the lower courts as well as the Supreme Court.
He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural session of a training workshop for the lawyers on ADR system organised by Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (Bilia) at its auditorium at Dhanmondi in the city.
Bilia's Executive Director Waliur Rahman presided over the session which was addressed by former president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam and High Court Justice Mohammad Anwarul Haque.
The law minister said the lawyers can play the most important role in implementing the ADR system in disposing of the cases.
If the lawyers advise their clients to settle their disputes through the ADR system, the conflicts among the litigants will be removed easily, he said, adding that awareness has also to be raised among the people about the ADR system.
He said the government will incorporate rules for payment of lawyers who will dispose of the cases through ADR.
Shafique said the government will launch the ADR system in the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to dispose of the tax-related cases, as some 17,691 tax-related cases involving Tk 7,229 crore have been pending with the HC for disposal for a long time.
The government can realise the tax money if the cases are disposed of quickly through the ADR, he added.