Dhaka: Chief Justice Obaidul Hasan said, we judges are not above mistakes and judges also make mistakes. It is the responsibility of us who are serving as judges of the Supreme Court to correct those mistakes.
He said this while speaking as the chief guest at the orientation ceremony of the 2021 and 2023 batch of lawyers at the Zillur Rahman Auditorium of the Dhaka Bar Association on Saturday (November 11).
The Chief Justice said, after hearing the speech of the judicial officers at the event, I felt that we still need to have these classes. Because we judges are not above mistakes and judges make mistakes. As there is no appeal at the stage I and my colleagues are at, the review is over. That is why there is nothing else but to raise your hands and say to Allah Rabbul Alamin. We are Supreme Court Judges. We have a kind of position. Those who spoke in front of you often make mistakes. It is the responsibility of us who are serving as judges of the Supreme Court to correct those mistakes.
However, if the litigant suffers a loss due to the lawyer’s mistake, he said that there is no way to compensate it, but if the lawyer makes a mistake, how can the client be compensated for the loss due to that mistake?
Addressing the judges, he said, one of our judges said that if I could not give relief one day, I would give it another day. But who is giving the relief? You are giving relief to the lawyer, the lawyer’s pocket will be heavy. Don’t make this mistake. Think twice before making a mistake. If he comes in another similar case then you will pay. In any other case, if he makes a wrong submission, there is no scope for relief. Relief will be granted only when the client’s case is properly presented to you. Don’t repeat the same mistake you made in similar cases. There is no opportunity to give relief to that advocate in another case because he made a mistake once. It will become favoritism.
Describing his career as a lawyer, the Chief Justice said, I was a member of this bar. I became a member of this bar in 1986. When I became an advocate, I came to this bar because of the contract (agreement) that has to be done with the senior for enrollment. Then it was not time to contract with Syed Rezaur Rahman. He asked Abu Saeed Sagar for my pupillisation. I was the pupil of Abu Saeed Sagar. And my friend Appellate Division Justice Inayetur Rahim was Ghulam Mainuddin’s pupil. But when I became an advocate, I joined the chambers of Syed Rezaur Rahman. I started with criminal practice. And friend Inayetur Rahim started with Civil. A good civil advocate named Abdul Wahhab died here. Inayetur Rahim used to work in his chamber. Today is a very important moment for me that I am sitting in the highest seat of the judiciary today. I express my gratitude to Allah Rabbul Alamin. My senior Syed Rezaur Rahman is also present on the same stage today.
Describing the glorious history of the legal profession, the Chief Justice said, those whom we allow as advocates at various levels and those granted by the Bar Council have the duty to assist the court in justice. To acquire the ability to convey the error of the court when it is wrong. If we see a lawyer not abiding by the ethics of the Bar Council, it is time to consider suspending their license.
Under the chairmanship of Mizanur Rahman Mamun, president of the Dhaka Bar Association, and general secretary Khandkar Golam Kibria Zobair, spoke at the event – District and Sessions Judge of Dhaka AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan, Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md. Asaduzzaman, Bar Council Vice Chairman Syed Rezaur Rahman, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Chief Judicial Magistrate Syed Mashfiqul Islam, former President of Dhaka Lawyers Association and Awami League Legal Affairs Secretary Kazi Najibullah Hiru and others.
Bangladesh Time: 0912 hours, November 12, 2023