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Training of Union Parishad’s chairmen and panel chairmen continues for better access to justice in village courts

UP chairmen and panel chairmen of Chadpur district-May 2017

Deputy Commissioner of Panchagar addresses to UP chairmen and pannel chairmen-May 2017

Police Super of Bagerhat encourages UP chairmen and panel chairmen -May 2017

In May 2017, Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Phase II Project continued a series of training for Union Parishads’ (UP) chairmen and panel chairmen to strengthen their functional capacity for operating village courts successfully towards improving access to justice for rural people. Meanwhile, the project implemented by Local Government Division, with support from European Union (EU) and UNDP has trained approximately 1,700 UP chairmen and panel chairmen including 83 females.
Deputy Directors Local Government (DDLGs) led organising these district level training in 24 districts including Barguna, Bagerhat, Faridpur, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Noakhali and Sylhet. The active presence of various local administration personnel including Deputy Commissioners, Police Supers, Additional SPs, ADC Generals, District Women Affairs Officers, Deputy Director-District Youth Development and others has enriched learnings of the training. As a chief guest in a training of Barguna, honourable Member of Parliament Barguna 2, Shawkat Hasanur Rahman Rimon committed his supports in making all village courts functional in the district. Deputy Commissioner (DC), Jamalpur Md. Shahabuddin Khan remarked this training will largely support the participant chairmen and panel chairmen in resolving disputes at the local level within the shortest period.

Participants of the training shared that, participatory as well as practical sessions on how to conduct trails and document village courts process had strengthened their knowledge and skills to implement functions of village courts efficiently. These 3-days training had also covered theoretical knowledge on Village Courts Act, 2006 (with amendments of 2013), and Village Courts Rules, 2016. Considering the important role of UP chairmen and panel chairmen in village courts many local and national news media have covered these training events in various districts vibrantly. News of these trainings were widely covered in 15 news media including four national newspapers.

To make village courts fully functional the project will carry on training for capacity development of remaining UP chairmen, panel chairmen, members, secretaries, village courts assistants, accountant cum computer operators, village police and other stakeholders up to November 2017 within its working areas including 1080 unions of 128 upazillas under 27 districts.


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