13 August, 2017

Rangpur Women Lawyers Receive Training on Legal Drafting and Court Procedure

Last Updated: 13 August 2017



On July 29, 2017, USAID’s Justice for All Program (JFA) and Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) organized a daylong training on ‘Legal Drafting and Court Procedure’ in Rangpur. The event was held through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative to enhance the professional capacity of woman lawyers. 22 women lawyers of Rajshahi District Bar Association participated in the training. Advocate Kohinoor Begum, Divisional Head of BNWLA and AdvocateShamima Akhter Shirin, member of BNWLA facilitated the training.


In the training, facilitators provided guidelines on legal drafting to the participants and discussed court procedures,highlighting the structure and jurisdiction of different courts, filing civil and criminal cases,lodging of first information reports, arrest and bail, examination and cross examination of parties, and different types of complaints and petitions.Participants prepared presented civil and criminal draftsthrough group work.


Advocate Kohinoor Begum remarked that “This training is an opportunity for young lawyers to build their skills and overcome their limitations.”She also stated that“You can promote yourself with hard work and dedication.”


Participants shared the difficulties they face in their professional lives and expressed their future aspirations. Advocate Shamme Akter, one of the participants, stated “We became delighted to receive this training, as it fulfilled our expectation.”She expressed the necessity of professional development training adding that “The guidelines we got from this training will be helpful to us in our professional assignment.”


Advocate Md. Abdul Jalil, Vice President of Rangpur District Bar Association,distributed certificates to the participants. He emphasized on continuous learningin legal profession and encouraged them to apply their new skills in court.


The training is one of the many events organized to mobilize and empower women legal professionals under JFA’s Women in Justice initiative. 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.