Enactment of law essential to appoint SC judges: Mahmud Hossain

  |  Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 |  4:47 pm

Enactment of a law has become essential to appoint judges for the Supreme Court in accordance with the constitution, said Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.

Appreciating the government’s planning for such an act, he said it would make the process of the justice appointment easier, faster and more transparent.

He believes that act would dispel the ‘false notion’ among people about irregularities in the recruitment process.

The outgoing chief justice made the remarks at his farewell reception organised by the Attorney General’s Office and the Supreme Court Bar Association on Wednesday at the Chief Justice’s No. 1 court room. Justices and lawyers of both the divisions of Supreme Court were present at the farewell reception.

The country’s 22nd Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain is going on retirement on December 30. Wednesday was his last working day, as the Supreme Court would go on winter vacation for 14 days from Thursday (December 19).

The Chief Justice said that the country has fewer judges against the case pile-up. “It is undeniable that our number of judges is insufficient if the number of cases are taken into account.”

“The growing number of cases is a big challenge for us. Judges need to work hard to reduce the case-clutter and increase people’s confidence,” he said.

To clear the backlog of cases, it is necessary to double the number of judges at lower and higher courts, he observed.

Mentioning that the faith of people is the key source of an independent judicial system, Syed Mahmud Hossain urges the judges to become morally stronger, aware of technological advancement, changing acts, and social values.

Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain started practicing law in the District Judge Court in 1981. He then joined as an advocate in the High Court Division in 1983. He was appointed as a deputy attorney general in 1999. Justice Hossain was appointed as Additional Justice of the High Court Division on February 22, 2001 and two years later, on February 22, 2003, the permanent appointment was made in the same department. On February 23, 2011, he was appointed as the Appellate Division’s Justice. He was the chairman of the search committee formed to form the Election Commission twice.