Dhaka for Delhi SC’s help to train judges

NEW DELHI – Bangladesh Supreme Court’s senior-most and lone Hindu judge, Surendra Kumar Sinha, on Monday sought assistance of India’s Supreme Court in training their quota-riddled judiciary to infuse judicial discipline in them.Justice Sinha, whose ancestors were from Bihar, was impressed by the judicial training imparted to judges in India from the trial courts till the level of the Supreme Court through state judicial academies and national judicial academy.
During deliberations with Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir and two senior-most judges of the Supreme Court – Justices P Sathasivam and G S Singhvi, the Bangladesh SC judge leading a five-member delegation expressed the need for similar training to judges of his country.
In Bangladesh, 30% of judicial posts are reserved for children of former judges, 10% each to women and locals, 5% to tribes and a small percentage for children of freedom fighters. The Bangla delegation said lack of judicial training had resulted in grant of anticipatory bails to persons accused of crime without the judges deliberating on the consequences of such relief on the society.
The CJI and judges of the Supreme Court agreed in principle to extend training facility to judges from Bangladesh provided the governments of the two countries reached an agreement.
The visiting delegation was also impressed by the drive initiated by the Supreme Court to fully computerize judicial work and sought training in this field too. The judges of the Supreme Court said the apex court would be happy to impart training on this score too.
The delegation was briefed about alternative dispute redressal system like Lok Adalats, mediation centres as well as the Legal Services Authority, which provided legal assistance to poor litigants.
(Source: The Times of India)

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