DHAKA: The government has decided to introduce virtual courts within a week to resume regular court activities amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown in Bangladesh.
The cabinet approved an ordinance during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday (May 7) in this regard.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, among others, attended the meeting held at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam confirmed the matter at the Secretariat in the afternoon.
He said all kinds of courts were closed for nearly two months due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. As a result, people are not getting due services and the proceedings of a lot of cases are pending.
Khandker Anwarul Islam said: “That is why the cabinet approved an ordinance today, named ‘Usage of Information and Communication Technology in Court 2020.’
After the implementation of this ordinance, courts will be able to work digitally via videoconference,” he added.
According to the cabinet secretary, the Ministry of Law will now scrutinize it and forward the file to the President. After getting the President’s approval, the ordinance will come into effect.
Khandker Anwarul Islam also said the ordinance would be tabled on the first day of the next session in parliament.
BDST: 1819 HRS, MAY 07, 2020