Law Students Visit the Judicial Magistrate Courts in Sylhet

Last Updated: 4 March 2018


Date: 1 January 1970 - 1 January 1970



On January 29, 2018, USAID’s Justice for All Program (JFA) and the Department of Law and Justice, Metropolitan University, Sylhet jointly organized a court visit for law students in Sylhet. 10 female law students participated in the court visit program. Participants observed proceedings in the judicial magistrate courts and visited the District Legal Aid Office. This visit was organized through JFA’s Women in Justice initiative.


Mr. Abdul Hannan, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sylhet briefed the participants about his jurisdiction, case filling stages, cognizance process, court proceedings and functions of Chief Judicial Magistrate. Mr. Hannan showed a First Information Report, a case book and a judgement. Mr. Hannan encouraged the students to make their career in the judiciary and expressed his wishes that this court visit will increase their practical knowledge and be helpful for their future career. Participants then met with Ms. Israt Jahan, Judicial Magistrate, Sylhet. She briefed them about her jurisdiction and functions, witness examination, cross-examination, and other court proceedings. During each court visit, students observed taking cognizance of offences, summon, bail and charge hearing, examination, cross examination, expert opinion in criminal cases.


After observing the court proceedings participants visited the Sylhet District Legal Aid Office. The legal aid office staff briefed the participants on the activities and functions of the Legal Aid Office and on Alternative Dispute Resolutions. Two clients were present at the office and participants had the opportunity to interact with them. Rumpa Deb, one of the participants, commented that the visit was an opportunity to gather practical knowledge for her future career by meeting judges and observing court proceedings.


The court visit was organized through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative as the initiative to motivate female law students to build their careers in the justice sector and legal profession. Through dialogue sessions, discussion meetings, and a problem-solving forum, JFA is working with local stakeholders, including both women and men, to advance gender equity and empower legal professionals and law students throughout Bangladesh.