Judicial Service Commission

Judicial Service Commission is formed by the government under the provision of Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission Rules for giving effect to the direction of the Appellate Division in the judgment passed in Civil Appeal No 79 of 1999. Prior to the formation of the commission, persons in the judicial service were recruited on the recommendation of the Public Service Commission constituted with the senior members of the administrative service. Under the aforesaid rules, the commission is constituted with a judge of the Appellate Division as its chairman, two judges of the High Court Division, Attorney General, one member of the Law Commission, secretary, Ministry of Establishment, secretary, Ministry of Finance, secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, one of the Deans of the Faculty of Dhaka, Rajshahi or Chittagong University, Registrar, Bangladesh Supreme Court and the district judge of Dhaka as members of the Commission. The Commission has been entrusted with the responsibility of recommending names of suitable candidates for appointment in the entry post of judicial service (assistant judge/judicial magistrate) after their selection on the basis of the examination conducted by the Commission for the purpose, and to furnish advice to the President on any question relating to the appointment in any post of the judicial service and matters connected therewith, and also to discharge other responsibilities specified under the Rules made under Articles 115 and 133 of the Constitution.

Judicial Service Commission after its constitution in 2007 recommended names of 165 persons for appointment as assistant judges after their selection on the basis of oral examination and written examination held earlier by the Public Service Commission. In 2008, Judicial Service Commission arranged and conducted examination for selecting persons for appointment as assistant judges, and on its recommendation about 400 persons have been appointed as assistant judges. Another such examination is being held for selection of more persons as assistant judges and judicial magistrates to fill up the vacancies arising out of the separation of the judiciary. [Kazi Ebadul Hoque]