Judges’ conduct rules: 2 weeks more to publish gazette

Judges’ conduct rules: 2 weeks more to publish gazette

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Dhaka, July 2 – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday gave two weeks’ more to the government to publish the gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges.The 7-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order following a time petition filed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam in the morning.
Earlier on several occasions, the apex court expressed dissatisfaction at the government’s failure to issue the gazette notification.
On May 29, the SC gave two more weeks to issue the gazette.
On May 15, the SC gave two more weeks to issue the gazette.
On May 8, the SC gave one more week to issue the gazette.
On April 4, the SC extended time up to May 8 in this connection.
On March 14, it extended the time by two weeks for issuing the gazette.
Before that, the court, on February 27, gave the government two weeks to publish the gazette as it failed to publish it in time.
On February 5, the court ordered the authorities concerned to issue the gazette notification by February 12.
On November 24, 2016, it gave the government one week to publish the gazette notification.
The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.
On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.
The Law Ministry on May 7, 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985. – UNB

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