22 September, 2015

USAID’s JFA Facilitator Increases Self Governance in Judiciary in Khulna

Last Updated: 22 September 2015



USAID’s JFA Court Excellence Facilitator mobilizes judges to conduct action plan.

On September 15, 2015, USAID’s Justice for All (JFA) Program conducted training on caseflow management with selected judges and court staff of the Khulna Judgeship. The discussion was facilitated by international court administration expert Ms. Joan Bishop. Ms. Joan Bishop, Director of Judicial Branch Education, New Hampshire, is providing technical assistance under the JFA Program as a Court Excellence Facilitator.

Ms. Bishop introduced principles of caseflow management, presenting benefits, successful approaches, and proven techniques of differentiated caseflow management in contrast to traditional case processing. Participating judges and court staff shared experiences, asked questions, and opined that differentiated case management could be a useful technique to categorize and prioritize the pending cases, and contribute positively to the speedy disposal of cases and reduction of the case backlogs.

Ms. Bishop visited court rooms, and observed trial proceedings, case dockets, and the record maintenance system of Bangladeshi courts. She had a brainstorming session and detailed meeting with two selected judges for court excellence action plan preparation. During Court Excellence Facilitator’s visit in Khulna two court excellence action plans have been developed.

After the training a participant said, “This training will help me to manage caseload properly, and I shall be able to do my job better”.
The training is one of many events scheduled in an effort to ‘Implement the International Framework for Court Excellence’ in Bangladeshi courts designed to promote the delivery of judicial services in an efficient, professional, and accessible manner to all citizens.