National Judicial Conference 2016

The National Judicial Conference, supported by Community Legal Services (CLS) a project funded by UKaid and implemented by Maxwell Stamp PLC, was organised by Bangladesh Supreme Court during 24-25 December 2016.

The objective of the conference was to create awareness among the judges about their role to reduce case backlog and to improve ways of creating  access   to   justice

for the poor. During the conference, the contribution of CLS in organising the event was much appreciated. The Chief Justice of Bangladesh, S K Sinha inaugurated day one and day two of the Conference.

A total of 1500 judges of the Appellate Division and High Court Division of the Supreme Court and subordinate judiciaries attended Day 1. Representatives of GO, NGOs, INGOs and journalists of print and electronic media were also present.

On Day 2, CLS had a 30 minute slot to discuss CLS’s work in brief and its role in promoting the government legal aid programme. Day 2 further included a session on the role of NGOs in promoting government legal aid  programme.

The session was chaired by the Honorable Justice M. Enayetur Rahim. Fatema Rashid Hasan, Deputy Team Leader of CLS, who provided a presentation on CLS and GO-NGO collaboration on government legal aid program in benefiting the vulnerable communities.

Two District Judges provided  their  testimony on CLS’s work and  impact of  GO-NGO
Collaboration in the communities of Bangladesh. The session concluded with the screening of a short documentary film- a product of CLS on GO-NGO Collaboration.

The Chief Justice highlighted the importance of the PIL repository and suggested all to read the information provided by CLS. The concluding remark of the Chair of the session, Justice M. Enayetur Rahim hinted that CLS PNGOs should work for promoting rehabilitative legal aid-meaning rehabilitation of the client beyond provision of legal aid where necessary.  The Supreme Court Registrar suggested new areas of work where CLS should focus on to benefit the communities further.