The Supreme Court has a history of protecting the constitution and ensuring people's rights during turbulent periods in the country’s history, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has said.
He made the statement to mark the first-ever Supreme Court Day, during a function held on Tuesday at the Judges' Sports Complex of Bangladesh Supreme Court.
“I hope the Supreme Court will make positive contributions to flourishing democracy, socio-economic progress and establishing the rule of law in the future, as it did in the past,” Abdul Hamid said.
"It is seen after analyzing history that the Supreme Court protected the constitution and established people's basic rights, discharging the responsibilities bestowed upon it whenever necessary during the critical times of the nation.”
Abdul Hamid recalled with deep gratitude the “former brave judges” who contributed to establishing the rule of law “without compromising with their conscience and bowing down at gunpoint”.
He also mentioned the important role of lawyers in establishing justice and the rule of law.
“I hope they will help ensure prompt justice for people with their intellect, wisdom, honesty, sincerity, and exercising knowledge more and more,” he said.
Stating that it is the time of digitization, the president asked the Supreme Court administration to bring dynamism into case management using all the facilities of information technology.
"Steps will have to be taken to carry out the official tasks of the country's all the courts in digital system... as the Supreme Court is the Court of Record, efforts must be taken to turn its all files and records into digital ones," he said.
Abdul Hamid also asked the Supreme Court administration to take steps for preserving all the activities from filing cases to delivering verdicts in a digital system.
"The measures can be taken to produce the accused before court from the jail and take depositions of witnesses through videoconferencing. The Supreme Court will have to be active in implementing the e-judiciary in the future as the government is very sincere about it," he advised.
Mentioning that the Supreme Court has the judicial review power, the president urged the judges to perform their major responsibilities with “utmost caution”.
He laid emphasis on having good relation among the executive, legislative and judiciary for establishing democracy and the rule of law.
"It should be remembered that mutual cooperation and trust are very crucial for the success of each organ," he said.
"The role of the judiciary is very important in ensuring the rule of law, protecting people's basic and human rights and establishing participatory democracy.”
Abdul Hamid hoped that the Supreme Court Day will now be observed every year with due reverence.
Presided over by the acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the discussion program was addressed by Law Minister Anisul Huq, Justice Mirza Hossain Haider, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, and Vice-Chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council senior counsel Abdul Baset Majumder.
Bar Association President Joynul Abedin also addressed programme.
Earlier, the president planted a sapling of Spanish Cherry on the complex.