Programme to help reduce case backlog

Bangladesh on 29 April 2014
Location : Bangladesh | Source : The Daily Star; image source: flickr user Jenni C.

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said the government's legal aid service programme would help reduce the existing backlog of pending cases.

More than 24 lakh cases are now pending with the lower courts across the country, he said, adding that a person, who earned below Tk 50,000 a year, was entitled to free legal assistance of the government.

Anisul was addressing a press conference organised by his ministry at Jatiya Press Club yesterday marking National Legal Aid Day-2014 for today.

He said the government had been making the people aware of the free legal aid by using the print and electronic media.
Syed Aminul Islam, director of National Legal Aid Services Organisation, said a total of 76,365 poor people had been provided with the free legal aid so far since 2009.

Earlier in the day, Anisul at a function of assistant judges at Judicial Administration Training Institute urged the judges to be careful so that anybody was not victim of injustice.

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