Bangladesh: Improving Case Management
   

Starting in January 2016, NCSC partnered with District Judges to organize and deliver training on case management to subordinate court judges and court staff. The training, designed to address inefficiencies in case processing, is equipping judges and staff with the tools to manage their caseloads effectively and reduce case backlog. Since January, more than 300 judges have received training in Dhaka, Rajshahi, Bogra, Dinajpur, and Khulna Districts.

Delivering training on September 1, the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate noted that case management is a tool that will enable judicial officers to address common problems in dealing with case dockets by prioritizing old cases and establishing certainty in hearing dates. Participants learned about proven techniques for effective and active case management, including differentiated management, scheduling orders, and bench-bar coordination. Improving the performance of judges and reducing case backlog are priorities of the Chief Justice in response to repeated concerns about delays in case processing and a growing backlog of old cases in Bangladeshi subordinate courts.

NCSC has been implementing the Justice for All Program, a five-year initiative to improve access to justice and strengthen the formal justice sector and government legal aid services, under a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development since October 2012. For more information on USAID’s Justice for All Program, please visit www.justice-bd.org.