Pecuniary jurisdiction of lower court judges raised; Bill passed

Published : 27 Jan 2021, 13:56

Sahos Desk

The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in Parliament on Wednesday, seeking to raise the pecuniary jurisdiction of lower court judges for disposing of civil cases. Law Minister Anisul Huq moved the Bill and it was passed by voice vote. As per the bill, the pecuniary jurisdiction of civil courts will be increased.

The higher threshold of the pecuniary jurisdiction has been increased to Tk 15 lakh from the existing Tk 2 lakh for an assistant judge, while Tk 25 lakh in place of Tk 4 lakh for a senior assistant judge in the case of trying civil suits, according to the Bill.

In the case of hearing the appeals of the civil suits, the financial jurisdiction was raised to Tk 5 crore from the existing Tk 5 lakh for a district judge.

With the passage of the Bill, an assistant judge can try civil cases having the asset value of maximum Tk 15 lakh each, while a senior assistant judge can try a civil suit having the asset value of maximum Tk 25 lakh.

Besides, a provision has been  incorporated in the proposed law to transfer the appeals, which are pending with the High Court against the decree or orders made by joint district judges in the civil suits involving maximum Tk 5 crore, to the district judge court.

Source: UNB

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