Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the judges and lawyers to ensure people’s right to quick and hassle-free justice.
“Getting justice quickly, less expensively and hassle-free is the right of the people. This can boost people’s confidence and trust. Although we have our confidence and trust in the judiciary, [we will request] to put some attention to it,” she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating the newly built Chief Judicial Magistrate Court Building in Dhaka virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday.
She said that till June 2020, there are some 3,794,908 cases pending in the courts.
She requested the judges and lawyers to find a way for quick verdicts in the cases.
“Let not so many cases pile up. Please be cordial and take steps to complete these trials. We will extend our cooperation from the government’s side if needed, but we do not want such a huge number of cases to remain pending,” she said.
The prime minister said that the Awami League government always pledged to establish rule of law. “Whenever we came to power, we ensured that first, we put our special attention to establish the right of justice for all. We work in that direction,” she said.
Recalling the miserable days of her and her younger sister’s wait for justice for the August 15 killing where her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated with other members of the family, she said that no one should suffer in the absence of justice like they did.
Sheikh Hasina said the rape of women and children is a heinous act and noted that to give offenders the toughest punishment and control this crime, the government has already promulgated Women and Children Repression Prevention Ordinance 2020. The cabinet has already passed it and it will be placed in parliament in the next session and will be passed as a law.