Govt mulls law to appoint HC judges, says law ministerStaff Correspondent
The law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister, Shafique Ahmed, said that the government was planning to formulate a law to appoint High Court judges in a ‘transparent’ manner.
‘The government has plans to enact necessary laws to appoint judges in the higher court in consultation with the chief justice and in line with constitutional provisions,’ Shafique told parliament on Thursday at a question and answer session.
The questioner, ruling party lawmaker, Mujibul Haque, asked the law minister whether the government had any plans to enact a law to appoint High Court judges to ensure transparency in the process of appointing judges, as well as to ensure the appointment of judges after scrutinising competencies of the aspirants.
‘The president, in consultation with the chief justice of Bangladesh, now appoints High Court judges from practicing lawyers in the Supreme Court and from district and session judges in accordance with articles 95 and 98,’ said the law minister.
‘In fact, there are no guidelines in appointing the High Court judges, except constitutional provisions,’ he added.
The regular question and answer was tabled in the House as the session resumed at around 5.30 pm with deputy speaker Shawkat Ali in the chair.
Replying to a question from Begum Sanjida Khanam, the law minister said that the rise in courts across the country was an ongoing process to speedily dispose of huge numbers of cases.
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