Gazette on judges’ service rules within 15 July
BNA, DHAKA, July 2, 2017 – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today allowed the state two weeks more time for finalizing service rules and conduct for lower court judges’ and publish gazette in this regard.
“Adjourned for two weeks,” said the apex court full bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha as Attorney General Mahbubey Alam pleaded for the time.
The Appellate Division lastly on May 15 had adjourned the matter for two weeks for publishing the gazette. In the meantime, the Supreme Court went into vacation and it resumed its regular activities today after the end of three-week recess.
Meanwhile, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq today said he hope that the gazette notification on the conduct rules for lower court judges will be issued before July 15.
“We are now scrutinising all the relevant issues regarding the rules so that it cannot be questioned once the gazette notification is published,” Huq said while talking to newsmen after attending the inaugural sessions of 35th foundation training course for newly appointed assistant judges at the Judicial Administrative Training Institute (JATI) here.
Earlier on December 12, 2016, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court had asked the government to finalize rules regarding conduct and service rules for lower court judges and issuing gazette in this regard by January 15.
The apex court passed the order as the Law Ministry on December 11, issued a notification saying the President has decided that there is no need for publishing proposed draft of conduct rules and discipline rules for judicial officers and Bangladesh Judicial Service (service making, appointment to the service post, dismissal, suspension and removal) Rules, 2007 in the Bangladesh gazette.
The Appellate Division on December 8 summoned Law and Justice Division Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque and Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque to appear before it on December 12 to explain the ministry’s position over the matter.
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