‘Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016’ and Court Fees (Amendment) Bill, 2016-were passed in Parliament on Thursday.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affair Minister Anisul Huq moved the two bills in the House with Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in the chair.
The two bills were passed by voice vote.
The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed for increasing the pecuniary jurisdiction of District Judges in case of hearing the appeal cases, and Senior Assistant Judges and Assistant Judges in case of lodging civil cases.
As per the bill, the financial jurisdiction was increased to Tk 5 crore from the existing Tk 5 lakh for district judges (in case of appeal), while that was re-fixed at Tk 25 lakh from Tk four lakh for Senior Assistant Judge and Tk 15 lakh from two lakh for Assistant Judge (in case of lodging case).
Meanwhile, the Court Fees (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed for minimizing sufferings and harassment of the people in the payment of court fees through e-payment and online.
The bill would help containing forgery and preventing harassment of justice seekers.
“All fees referred to in section 3 or chargeable under this Act, shall be collected either by receipts or stamps or through electronically or digitally or, in case of scarcity of stamps or non-availability of electronic or digital means, in cash,” the bill reads.
“The government may, for the purpose of sub-section (1), appoint any scheduled bank, mobile operator, mobile phone based financial service (MFS), authority or agent, as it deems fit, to receive such fees,” its reads.
When a schedule bank, mobile operator, mobile phone based financial service (MFS), authority or agent receives fees through electronically or digitally, it shall grant a receipt or e-receipt accordingly, it said.