Bangladesh: Court Administration and Case Management Training

From March 23 - 25, USAID’s Justice for All Program organized a three-day training workshop for subordinate court judges on court administration and case management. The workshop, facilitated by Guam Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Torres and NCSC Vice President Daniel Hall, constitutes the first joint activity designed and implemented by NCSC with the Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) under USAID’s Justice for All Program.

Twenty four judges from Bangladeshi subordinate courts attended the training, which provided an overview of the principles of modern court administration and tools and techniques of effective case management, including policies to control scheduling and adjournments. Trainees participated in highly interactive sessions designed to enable them not only to learn but also to gain a familiarity with how the principles, tools, and techniques can be applied in practice in the Bangladeshi court context. The third day of training was a “training of trainer” session to prepare participants to serve as resource persons for future training of judges or court support staff on court administration and case management.

The Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, addressed participants at the end of the training, expressing hopes that they would apply and share their new knowledge in their courts. Through the training, NCSC is supporting JATI in its efforts to build a cadre of knowledgeable resource persons who can facilitate discussion meetings on court excellence with their peers and colleagues and conduct training on court administration and case management in the future. The Director General of JATI, Justice Khondker Musa Khaled, praised the initiative and added that in the future “many more workshops on case management [will be organized] with the support of USAID’s Justice for All Program”.

The Justice for All Program is implemented by NCSC under a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development. For more information see www.justice-bd.org