15 November, 2015

Female Law Students Visit Dhaka Court

Last Updated: 17 February 2016


On November 15, 2015, USAID’s Justice for All (JFA) Program’s Women in Justice (WIJ) Initiative facilitate a visit to the courtroom of the Nari-O-Shishu Nirjatan (Women and Children Repression Prevention) Tribunal-1 in Dhaka for 9 female law students of Dhaka University. The visit was organized at the initiative of the Women in Justice Forum, a group of women professionals and students who meet quarterly to design and implement activities to promote female participation and advancement in the justice sector. The Court Visit actively was implemented with support from sub-grantee partner.


Students were welcomed by the Honorable Jesmin Ara Begum, JudgeBegum commented that the initiative was a good effort to engage law students with practical court procedures. Most participants reported that this was their first visit to a court and that observing criminal cases closely was interesting and helpful. During the visit, students observed examinations and cross-examinations, bail petitions, and time positions. Participants welcomed the opportunity to observe court proceedings in person and to ask questions of Judge Begum.


Court visits build the capacity of law students to make informed decisions about their future career path in the justice sector and strengthens the network established through the Women in Justice Forum between women judges, lawyers, and law students. JFA provides technical assistance and material support to advance women participation and leadership within the legal profession and judicial under its Objective 2: Increase Self-Governance of the Judiciary to Better Serve the Public.