Chief Justice SK Sinha on Saturday said some 60-70 percent justice-seekers lose their legal battles due to mistakes of their counsels.
“Some 60-70 percent justice-seekers lose the lawsuits only for the mistakes of their counsels,” he said while addressing a seminar in the city.Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh arranged the seminar titled ‘The role of bar and benches in establishing the rule of law’ at the Supreme Court Bar Association Auditorium.
About the role of lawyers, the Chief Justice said the counsels are primary architects of the lawsuits. “So, the lawyers will have to think how sincere role they could play in designing the lawsuits.”
Judges of the higher court expect that counsels would come to the court studying the case details, he added.
Pointing at the lawyers, SK Sinha said, “Being counsels, you take money from your clients to conduct his cases, but you’re conscious (about the case).”
Noting that there is a backlog of 28-30 lakh cases, he said establishing the rule of law is not possible with 10 thousands of cases pending with the court.
Former Justice Md Awlad Hossain said the rule of law has reached a critical stage. “There’s no grammar in the rule of law after 20th century.”
Former Justice Kazi Ebaidul Haque, Awami League advisory council member Yusuf Hossain Humayun and convener of Sammilita Ainjibi Parishad Abdul Baset Majumder, among others, spoke on the occasion.
President of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh Advocate Manzill Murshid presided over the seminar while Barrister Moyeen Firozi presented the keynote paper at the seminar. – UNB