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Govt to convert virtual court ordn to permanent law, says Anisul

Amending Evidence Act also under consideration

June 30, 2020 00:00:00

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister AnisulHuq said on Monday the government is intending to convert the temporary virtual court ordinance to a permanent law, reports BSS.

"…as an immediate first step, we intend to convert the temporary ordinance on the virtual court to a permanent law, which will then be operated in the post-Covid time. We discussed the urgency of this law today at our cabinet meeting and plan to enact the same very shortly," he said.

The law minister said this while addressing the UNDP annual meeting 2020, virtually. Anisul was addressing the opening session on "Reflection on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Social Contract post-Covid-19".

"Despite the general holidays declared by the government to minimise the risks of spreading the virus, the demand to seek justice has seen a steady increase. Led by the Supreme Court with the technical assistance provided by the UNDP we were able to get our subordinate judiciary and a few benches of our high court to operate virtually," Anisul said.

"We enacted an ordinance allowing courts to operate virtually. We want to maintain the momentum and institutionalise some of the best practice gathered during this period and trigger a systematic transformation of the justice system," the law minister added.

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