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Law minister: Govt to convert virtual court ordinance into permanent law

  • Published at 09:31 pm June 29th, 2020
Law Minister Anisul Huq
File photo of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq Dhaka Tribune

Anisul also said the government is considering amending the Evidence Act, which can ease some of the gaps in legal proceedings

The government intends to convert the temporary virtual court ordinance into a permanent law, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said on Monday.

“We intend to convert the temporary ordinance on the virtual court into a permanent law that will operate post-Covid-19. We discussed the urgency of this law [on Monday] at our cabinet meeting and plan to enact it very shortly,” the minister said, reports BSS.

He made the comment while addressing the UNDP annual meeting 2020, virtually. The law minister was speaking at the opening session titled “Reflection on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Social Contract post COVID-19.”

Anisul said: “Despite the general holidays imposed by the government to minimize the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, the demand for seeking justice has seen a steady increase. Led by the Supreme Court and with technical assistance provided by UNDP, we were able to get our subordinate judiciary and a few benches of our High Court to operate virtually in a span of two weeks. 

“We enacted an ordinance allowing courts to operate virtually. We want to maintain this momentum and institutionalize some of the best practices during this period and trigger a systematic transformation of the justice system,” the law minister added.

Anisul also said the government is considering amending the Evidence Act, which can ease some of the gaps in legal proceedings.

The law minister acknowledged there is always room for improvement despite progress on several fronts.

 “We need to pay closer attention to our institutions, ensuring they are more reliable and able to serve without discrimination. We need to ensure the institutions place people first,” he said.