Bangladesh: Defining Performance-Based Evaluation Criteria

On April 1 and 2, 2016, NCSC and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh organized two workshops in Dhaka on “Strengthening Judicial Performance Evaluation and Establishing Criteria for Measuring Success.”

The workshops, attended by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Appellate Division Justice Md. Abdul Wahhab Miah, Registrar General Syed Aminul Islam, and 80 judges from all levels of the Bangladesh judiciary, aimed to strengthen judicial performance review and define criteria for measuring success. As a result of the workshops, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh will prepare a uniform judicial self-examination policy, notifying all judges of the new criteria for measuring success based on case disposal rates. This policy will motivate judges to dispose of cases more quickly and thus reduce the case backlog in Bangladesh.

The U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, opened the workshops, and reiterated the U.S. government’s support for the judiciary of Bangladesh in its efforts to guarantee the protection of human rights and access to justice for all citizens. Ambassador Bernicat welcomed the initiative taken by the Supreme Court, noting “I believe this workshop will result in strengthening judicial governance by introducing performance measurement and reporting mechanisms for the judges of Bangladesh.”

In his keynote speech, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha called upon the judges to unite in their efforts to reduce case backlog and facilitate access to justice for all. Chief Justice Sinha further noted that “by developing good court administration and case management, the Bangladesh Judiciary is attempting to expedite its proceedings and increase the rate of case disposal in order to reduce the backlog of cases.”

The workshops are part of the USAID Justice for All Program, a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by the National Center for State Courts to promote judicial self-governance and improve access to justice, gender equity, and legal empowerment for Bangladeshi citizens. For more information, please visit www.justice-bd.org