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(Feb 02, 2008) On January 29th 2008, the Advisory Council of the Bangladesh Government approved the Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance 2008, which specifies procedures for the appointment of judges to both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Judicial Commission is a nine-member body headed by the Chief Justice that will select and recommend candidates as judges in the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. The ordinance provides that the Chief Justice will be the Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Commission. Other members of the commission will include the Law Minister, two senior-most judges of the Appellate Division, the Attorney General, a member of the Parliament each from the government and the opposition, the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, and the Secretary of the Law Ministry. The ordinance also includes other qualifications for selection as a member of the Supreme Judicial Commission, such as academic qualifications, professional skills, seniority, honesty and reputation. The ordinance requires the Commission to hold meetings every six months. The Commission will recommend two candidates for each vacant post, and the President may appoint one of the two recommended candidates, or send back the recommendation to the Commission for a revision. (Mustafizur Rahman, Govt. Frees EC Secretariat, Cabinet Okays Supreme Judicial Council Ordinance, News From Bangladesh, Jan. 30, 2008, http://www.bangladesh-web.com/view.php?hidRecord=185548.)

Author: Shameema Rahman More by this author
Topic: Judges More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 02/02/2008