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Cover News: "Release fish-fry in your nearby River and Open Water-body at your own to maintain fish sanctuary of indigenous verities" --- Abu Saleh Sk. Md. Zahirul Haque, Secretary, Law and Justice Division

Abu Saleh Sk. Md. Zahirul Haque, Secretary, Law and Justice Division, and General Secretary, Bangladesh Judicial Service Association has released almost 13 mounds Fish-fry of 8 species in Jamuna River near Aricha Ghat point, Manikganj. This Fish-fry releasing programme was arranged on 30 August 2014. Md. Abdul Mojid, District & Sessions Judge, Dhaka, and President of the Bangladesh Judicial Service Association, A.K.M. Mustafa Dewan, District & Sessions Judge, Manikganj, Kazi Shams Afroz, District Fisheries Officer, Manikganj along with the other members of the Bangladesh Judicial Service Association were present on the occasion. The secretary informed the reporters that the fish-sanctuary has started diminishing day by day due to natural and man-made disaster. He called upon the people irrespective of class and profession to release fish-fries in the river and other open water-bodies at their own.
The Law and Justice Division of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is entrusted with the duty of providing legal advisory services to other ministries, divisions, departments, and organizations of the Government.

The administrative control, management or relationship with the sub-ordinate/attached departments or offices, namely, the sub-ordinate Judiciary, Administrative tribunals, various other special Courts and Tribunals, Department of Registration, Office of the Attorney-General, Judicial Administration Training Institute, Office of the Administrator General and official Trustee (AGOT), Judicial Service Commission Secretariat, Marriage Registration, Government Pleaders, Public Prosecutors, Notary Public, etc. are exercised through this Division of the Ministry. More specically, this division has following responsibilities:-

  • Advice to all Ministries, Divisions and offices of all legal and constitutional questions arising out of any case and on the interpretation of the Constitution and any law including international law.
  • Conventions with other countries in judicial matters including questions relating to the International Court of Justice and references from United Nations Organisation relating to traffics in women and children and obscene publications and prevention of crime and treatment of offenders.
  • Administration of justice.
  • Jurisdiction and powers of all courts (except revenue courts) and tribunals; contempt of courts.
  • Appointments and terms and conditions of service of chairman and members of courts and judicial tribunals.
  • Fees taken in courts and tribunals; Judicial stamps; court-fees and stamp duties.
  • Legal-proceedings and advice thereon.
  • Matters relating to Government law officers; appointment and terms and conditions of service of attorney-general, additional attorney-general, deputy attorney-general, assistant attorney general, Government pleaders, public Prosecutors, Special prosecutors and legal advisers to all statutory corporations and bodies.
  • Conduct of cases on behalf of the Government in all courts and tribunals.
  • Appointment and terms and conditions of service of Administrator-General and Official Trustee; Official Receiver.
  • Reciprocal agreements with foreign countries for the services of summons in civil suits and for the execution of decrees of civil courts, for the enforcement of maintenance orders and for the administration of the estates of foreigners dying in Bangladesh.
  • Authorisation of officers to sign and verify claims or written statements in suits by or against the Governments.
  • Posting, transfer, etc. of all Judicial Officers.
  • Administration and control of subordinate offices and organisations under this Ministry.
  • Liaison with International Organisations and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies relating to subjects 'allotted to this Ministry.
  • By and large this division has some special constitutional responsibilities. These are as follows:-

  • Appointment of the Attorney-General of Bangladesh (Article- 64).
  • Assignment of duties to the Attorney-General, determination of his remuneration and termination of his office (Article- 64(2) & (4)).
  • Appointment and resignation of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh (Article- 95 (1)).
  • Removal of the Judges of Supreme Court of Bangladesh (Article- 96(2)).
  • Performance of the duties of the Chief Justice by the next senior Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (Article- 97).
  • Appointment and resignation of Additional Judges of Supreme Court (Article- 98).
  • Holding of Sessions of High Court Division at places other than the Capital (Article- 100).
  • Obtaining opinion of the Supreme Court on a question of law (Article- 106).

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