Virtual courts would be operated only in unusual or special situations
Law Minister Anisul Huq has said that necessary training will be given to judges as well as to lawyers to operate virtual courts smoothly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The training will start from next week," said the minister while speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of an online training course for assistant judges on Sunday.
The programme was held in the auditorium of the Judicial Administrative Training Institute in the capital.
The minister said that in the world of information technology, it was inevitable to introduce the virtual court system, but it should be noted that virtual courts were not meant to overhaul the judicial system.
In accordance with the Constitution, the CRPC, the CPC, and the Evidence Act, the normal conduct of court proceedings under normal circumstances shall prevail.
Virtual courts would be operated only in unusual or special situations, he said.
The government issued an ordinance for holding virtual court proceedings on May 9.
A four-month basic training course for assistant judges and judicial magistrates started on January 1 this year. However, the training course had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
The law minister re-inaugurated the course on Sunday to enable it to be completed online.