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Case backlog a major concern: chief justice

Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan today urged all concerned, including judges and lawyers, to remain aware of the huge backlog of pending cases.

"Multiple cases are generated from a single case due to the loopholes of law. There are 1,800 plus judges for 35-40 lakh cases pending with the courts across the country," he said.

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"The rate of case disposal has increased in recent years. Eight separate teams have been formed with eight High Court judges to monitor, motivate and encourage the lower courts to increase the rate of case disposals and good results are being witnessed. Even up to 125 percent of cases have been disposed of by some courts."

If this trend continues, the backlog of cases will be reduced to some extent in a few years," he said.

He was speaking as chief guest at a programme organised by the Greater Mymensingh Association, Dhaka, at the National Museum.

The event was organised to accord citizens' felicitation to the CJ.

Obaidul Hassan was sworn in as the 24th chief justice of Bangladesh on September 26.

The CJ said competent translators are needed to correctly translate the laws, which are written in English, into Bangla. "I hope the government will appoint competent translators," he said.

He also said the Supreme Court has installed apps to turn the English verdicts into Bangla, but the translations are not up to the mark.

"I request the information technology department to take necessary steps to make the translations of English judgements fluent and correct," he said.