Published:  01:51 AM, 13 September 2017

Code of Civil Procedure Bill passed

Parliament on Tuesday passed the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill 2017 aiming to empower courts to refer some disputes to legal aid officers to ease the pressure on the overburdened court system. Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq moved the bill in the House seeking amendment to the existing Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. Then the bill was passed by voice vote.

Earlier in January this year, the minister placed the bill in the House and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny.  The bill was  passed for making effective the provision of alternative dispute resolution in line with the Legal Aid Services Act 2000, reports UNB.

The new law brought amendments to the Section 89A of the Code of Civil Procedure Act 1908 to help the Legal Aid Officers to resolve a dispute through mediation. Now, a court will have the authority to send a legal suit to a Legal Aid Officer for alternative solution before starting hearing in a case.  The Legal Aid Officers are assigned to give assistance to the litigants under the Legal Aid Services  Act-2000.

-AA News Desk

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