The number of cases disposed by the High Court Division of the Supreme Court was higher than the number of cases filed during the last five months ending May this year creating a record in the country’s judicial history. A total of 16 benches disposed of about 50,000 cases from January to May this year as against -- cases filed, SC sources said. Litigants, lawyers and judges are happy after disposal of the huge number of cases, as the litigants got relief from suffering and the court got relief from the burden of cases pending before it.
Legal experts praised the judges for their sincerity and hard work. Some of the judges of the High Court Division had to stay in office even after the scheduled time to complete the task.
According to sources, the 16 High Court (HC) benches have disposed of 57,609 cases from January 1 to May 23 this year, while the remaining benches of the HC also disposed of several thousand cases.
Sources said 29,777 cases had been filed before the HC in three months (from January to March), while the court disposed of 39,811 cases within this time. As per the
data, the High Court Division benches had disposed of only 16,306 cases in the three months of last year (from October to December-2018), while 25,263 cases were filed before the court within the same period. This shows that the disposal rate was lower compared to the number of cases filed.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain formed 16 benches to dispose of old criminal cases to reduce the backlog. After scrutinising all documents, the Chief Justice had sent 1,00,196 cases to the 16 High Court Division benches for disposal. These benches have already disposed of more than 50,000 cases within five months, which is a record.
According to SC data, 3,567,750 cases were pending with courts for disposal till December 31 last year. Among these, 3,032,656 cases were pending before the lower courts, 516,652 before the High Court Division and 20,442 before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
However, the backlog of cases has been reduced in the HC. Till May 23 this year, 506,664 cases were pending before the HC for disposal. Of these, the number of civil cases was 95,823 and criminal 3,18,968. The number of writ petitions was 81,582 and the remaining were 10,291 old civil cases.
Talking to this correspondent, barrister Md Saifur Rahman, special officer of the HC, said that after the Chief Justice took the special initiative, the judiciary got a momentum in reducing the backlog of cases. “We are trying our level best to reduce the backlog of cases and ensure justice for all through disposal of cases pending before the higher court,” he added.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam told The Independent that this is a very good initiative taken by the Chief Justice for reducing criminal cases.
The chief law officer of the state said: “A huge number of cases has been pending before the courts for a long time. Although the importance of many cases was realised several years ago, these could not be disposed of due to legal complexities. The Chief Justice has taken a very appropriate initiative in the greater interest of the judiciary and litigants. I hope the backlog of cases will be reduced significantly if the judges continue the hard task of disposing of the cases.”
At a full court meeting on May 1, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain urged the judges of the High Court Division to work sincerely and with honesty to reduce the backlog of cases. The situation in the courts has become critical due to the huge number of pending cases.
In the full court meeting held at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge, where judges from both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division were present, the Chief Justice also urged the judges not to issue rule and stay order in every petition without proper merit, and dispose of the cases within the shortest possible time, considering the
immense suffering of the litigants.
On April 28, during a case hearing, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain expressed serious concern over the increasing backlog of cases at the apex court, saying the situation has reached a critical stage.
“So many cases are pending before the Supreme Court (SC) that there isn’t enough room to keep the files. The situation has become critical
and it can’t go on like this,” the four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by the Chief Justice, said in the presence of attorney general Mahbubay Alam.