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Local Government Division
European Union
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Welcome to Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project

The formal justice system in Bangladesh is under tremendous pressure with much workload and inadequate number of officials and staff to dispose the cases. As a result, the case backlogs add up to the existing pending cases and at present it stands on about half a million cases. It creates a negative impact for the rural poor and vulnerable group of people who cannot afford the expenses of cases and do not have clear understanding of how to get access to justice in the upper courts on some issues that could be easily resolved at the local level. The Ministry of Local Government Division (LGD), UNDP and the European Commission jointly have undertaken a programme titled ‘Activating SVillage Courts in Bangladesh’ to providing support to the justice system through this project in 350 selected Union Parishads (UP) of the country. It also intends to develop capacity of the village court members, elected representatives and support staff. Motivation programme will be carried out in order to sensitize all concerned on the role and functions of village courts and their benefits on the overall justice system.
 


Media Coverage
>>Special Feature by The Daily Star (Click for details)
>>Village Courts on UNDP Global Website (Click for details)
>>Village Courts at BBC Bangla 1 (Click to listen)
>>Village Courts at BBC Bangla 2 (Click to listen)

>>Village Courts at ABC Radio
>> Eventwise Paper Clips

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VCP organizes Sharing Meeting with Chittagong Police
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Police plays a crucial procedural responsibility while receiving complaint and enquiring into it. It is evident that in many cases police receive cases which could be tried under village court but they send them to court and then the court refer them back to Village Courts

ICT-based DCMIE for VC
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project organised the Orientation on ICT-based Decentralized Monitoring, Inspection and Evaluation (DCMIE) System with selected key stakeholders on August 20, 2014 at the AVCB Project Office in Gulshan

5th PSC meeting for Village Courts Project
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The fifth Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project was held on July 20, 2014 in LGD Conference Room. Mr. Monzur Hossain, Senior Secretary of Local Government Division presided over the meeting. Mr. Nick Beresford, Deputy Country Director of UNDP; Ms. Yong Hong, Assistant Country Director of UNDP; Ms. Lenka Vitkova, Head of Operations-1, Delegations of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh and Mr. K M Mozammel Hoq, National Project Director

UNDP Justice Sector Review Mission visits VCs
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Justice Sector Review Mission team of UNDP Bangladesh witnessed an on-going trial session of a Village Court in Mohinondo Union of Sadar Upazila under Kishoreganj district on June 25, 2014

LGRDC state minister praises Village Courts
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State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives Mr. Moshiur Rahman Ranga visited Kolkond union parishad of Gangachora upazila under Rangpur district on June 18, 2014

EU commends Village Courts
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While visiting Parkrisnapur-Madna Union of Damurhuda Upazila in Chuadanga District on June 06, 2014, Mr. Dirk Meganck, Director, DEVCO H, Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific & Mr. Jos Jonckers, Deputy Head of Unit H1

EU team to visit Chuadanga village courts
 

A team of EU Delegation is visiting Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project field in Chuadanga on June 6, 2014.This high level EU team consists of Mr. Dirk Meganck, Director, DEVCO H, Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific; Mr. Jos Jonckers, Deputy Head of Unit H1, Geographical Coordination Asia

EU representative praises Village Courts
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Ms. Lenka Vitkova, Head of Operations-1, Delegations of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh, and Mr. Luc Patzelt, Programme Manager from the Delegations together with Mr. Nick Beresford Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh visited Parul union of Pirgachha upazila in Rangpur district on May 28, 2014

Review workshop with UNOs on Village Courts
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project organised a day-long review workshop with Upazila Nirbahi Officers on May 22, 2014 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.Mr. Monzur Hossain, Senior Secretary of Local Government Division graced the workshop

Workshop on gender & human rights
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As a part of its continuous endeavour to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes of key stakeholders on gender, discrimination against women, women’s empowerment and village courts trial process to pave the way for establishing a gender-friendly, responsive local justice system

PIC meeting of AVCB
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The 9th Project Implementation Committee (PIC) meeting of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) project was held on March 24, 2014 in Dhaka. Mr. K M Mozammel Hoq, NPD of AVCB Project & Additional Secretary of LGD presided

EU envoy appreciates Village Courts
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While visiting Bhangni union parishad of Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur district on March 05, 2014, Ms. Libuse Soukupova, First Secretary, Delegations of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh and Mr. Simon le Grand, Desk Officer from European Union (EU) Headquarter in Brussels highly appreciated the on-going activities of the Village Courts Project at bringing justice to the doorsteps of the rural people. The visiting envoy had the opportunity to observe

Village courts project organizes reflection workshop
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized the 5th Project Reflection Workshop at the Officers’ Club, Dhaka on 16 February 2014. Together with selected participants from four partner NGOs (MLAA, ESDO, BLAST & WAVE Foundation) and R&PD areas, the one-day long workshop was graced with the presence of Mr. K. M. Mozammel Hoq, National Project Director

UP representatives trained on Village Courts (amendment) Act, 2013
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project started conducting a series of capacity building trainings for UP representatives on Village Courts (amendment) Act, 2013. Two different training events, three-day long each, are organized in research and process development (R&PD) areas in Bhandaria and Dakshin Surma Upazila respectively under Pirojpur and Sylhet District

AVCB holds refresher training courses
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As a part of capacity building initiatives the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized two consecutive day-long refresher trainings on the VC (amendment) Act 2013 at RRF training Center, Jessore and MSS training Center, Sayedpur, Nilphamari on 29 January and 04 February 2014

Village Courts Project trains religious leaders
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Activating Village Court Project in Bangladesh organized a training event for religious leaders at its Research and Process Development (R&PD) area in Bhandaria Upazila under Pirojpur District from January 20 till 22, 2014. 76 religious leaders from various religions took part in three different batches

Village Courts project starts refresher training
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As a part of 4 refreshers training events, the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized its first day-long refresher session on the VC (amendment) Act 2013 at CCDB Hope Centre at Savar

Village Police training in Pirojpur organized
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Activating Village Court Project in Bangladesh Project organized a training program for village police in the Research and Process Development (R&PD) area in Bhandaria Upazila under Pirojpur District. A total of 66 village police took part in three different batches

Village Courts Project’s Donor meeting held
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project had its donor meeting on 18th December 2013 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. The meeting reviewed the achievements and lessons learning of the current phase which is ending by December 2014

BTV is broadcasting TV Spot on Village Courts
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Local Government Division (LGD) with the support of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project has entered a contract with Bangladesh Television (public terrestrial TV channel) to telecast one-minute TV spot on village courts. The spot aims to enhance the knowledge on VCs and accelerate the justice seeking behavior among the rural community. Bangladesh Television (BTV) is airing the spot initially from 12 December 2013

Village Courts holds PSC meeting
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he fourth Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project was held on Wednesday, 27 November at the Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. Mr. Md. Abu Alam Shahid Khan, Secretary, Local Government Division (LGD) presided over the meeting

Through village courts, justice for all in Bangladesh
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When Jahanara Begum’s sons stole mangoes from a neighbour’s garden, what should have been a petty incident of children’s mischief escalated into a violent confrontation between Jahanara and her neighbour. Angry at Jahanara, her neighbour assaulted her and injured her eye, which then required expensive medical treatment

Village courts rewards UPs
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The Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) Project has awarded 36 Union Parishads (UPs) for their outstanding performance in village courts on 21 September 2013 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka. The awards ceremony was presided over by Mr. Abu Alam Md. Shahid Khan, Secretary for LGD while Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, State Minister

A major victory for village courts
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The Jatiya Sangsad passed The Village Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 on 18 September 2013 with a provision to incorporate several new clauses into the existing Village Court Act, 2006 for the smooth carrying out of judicial activities at the village level. This represents a major achievement and presents itself as a key tangible result of the Village Courts project.

8th PIC meeting of Village Courts project held
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The 8th Project Implementation Committee (PIC) Meeting of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) Project held on 29th August 2013 in the Conference Room of Local Government Division, MoLGRD&C. Mr. K M Mozammel Hoq, NPD of Village Courts Project & Additional Secretary, LGD, MoLGRD&C presided over the meeting. Mr. Sarder Md. Asaduzzaman, Project Manager, AVCB project updated the PIC members about the progress of the activities

Workshop on gender, human rights and village courts
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Rajbari district administration with the assistance of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project organized day-long training workshop on Gender, Human Rights and Village Courts for the GoB officials and pertinent stakeholders on 30 July 2013 at DC’s Conference Room, Rajbari

Gender, human rights and village courts
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The Faridpur district administration with the assistance of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized a day long training workshop on 'Gender, Human Rights and Village Courts' on 17 July 2013 at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner

Village courts training session held at Patuakhali
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The Patuakhali district administration organized a day-long training session on Village Courts Operation, with the technical support of the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) Project. The event, held on 17 June, 2013 at the Patuakhali Deputy Commissioner’s conference room, aimed to increase the knowledge and skills of the UP Chairmen and Secretaries

Justice for all - By Maya Barolo
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When Jahanara Begum’s sons stole mangoes from a neighbour’s garden, what should have been a petty incident of children’s mischief, escalated into a violent confrontation between Jahanara and her neighbour Babul Mia. Angry at Jahanara, Babul Mia assaulted her and injured her eye, for which she required expensive medical treatment

Cabinet approves Village Court (amendment) Act 2013
 

The Cabinet finally approved the draft of ‘Village Court (amendment) Act 2013’ on May 27, 2013. The draft Act was approved in principle by the Cabinet on October 22, 2012 and the vetting was done by the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division (LPAD), MoLJ&PA on March 03, 2013.

The Project had the 7th PIC meeting
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The 7th Project Implementation Committee (PIC) Meeting of Village Courts Project was held on April 25, 2013  at Conference Room of Local Government Division, MoLGRD&C. Mr. K M Mozammel Hoq, NPD of Village Courts Project & Additional Secretary, LGD, MoLGRD&C presided over the meeting. Mr. Sarder Md. Asaduzzaman, Project Manager, AVCB project updated the PIC members about the progress of the activities including updates from the last PIC meeting

4th Project Reflection Workshop held in Dhaka
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized the 4th Project Reflection Workshop in Dhaka on 24-25 March, 2013. Along with selected participants of 4 partner NGOs (MLAA, ESDO, BLAST & WAVE Foundation), the one and half day long Workshop was enriched with the presence of Mr. K. M. Mozammel Hoq, National Project Director and Additional Secretary, Local Government Division, MoLGRD&C as Chief Guest

District Workshop on Village Courts Held in Cox’s Bazar
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh organized a district workshop titled “strengthening sensitization and involvement of the stakeholders in activating Village Courts” on December 29, 2012 at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Room in Cox’s Bazar. The project arranged this workshop aiming to sensitize the local stakeholders acquainted with the VCs in endeavors to contribute in activating village courts

Village Courts Project’s Stall in LGED’s Victory Day Fair 2012
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project took part in LGED’s Victory Day Fair by having a resourceful and decorative stall at the LGED premises in Agargoan. The Fair was organized by LGED from December 15 to 17, 2012. Mr. Jahangir Kabir Nanak, State Minister for MoLGRD&C inaugurated the fair and Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Minister, Ministry of Finance concluded the fair

Village Courts-A Form of Restorative Justice by Sarder M. Asaduzzaman
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It is generally understood that the philosophy of access to justice is mostly rooted in the formal structure with designated roles as per the rules, procedures and arrangements for pertinent institutions, with policy frameworks, values etc.

EU Ambassador Applauds Village Courts
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Ambassador and Head of Delegations of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh Mr. William Hanna highly appreciated the ongoing activities of the Village Courts in bringing justice to the doorsteps of the rural people while visiting Bhangni Union Parishad of Mithapukur Upazila in Rangpur District on October 4, 2012. He expressed these feelings while observing an on-going trial session of a Village Court

UNDP Country Director Visits Village Courts in Kishoreganj
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Mr. Stefan Priesner, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh spoke on the profound importance of Village Courts in delivering justice services at the rural level especially for the disadvantaged people, while visiting Masua and Achmita Union Parishads of Kotiadi Upazila in Kishoreganj on 27 September 2012

Village Courts Workshop Held in Rajbari
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh project organized a workshop titled on “strengthening sensitization and involvement of the stakeholders in activating Village Courts” on September 17, 2012 at Rajbari. The project arranged this workshop aiming to sensitize the local stakeholders acquainted with the VCs in endeavors to contribute in activating village courts

District Workshop on Village Courts held in Chittagong
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project organized a district workshop titled on “strengthening sensitization and involvement of the stakeholders in activating Village Courts” on August 27, 2012 at Circuit House Conference Room in Chittagong

Orientation Workshop on Village Courts Management Committee Held
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Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project organized an orientation workshop on Village Courts Management Committee (VCMC) at Long Beach Hotel, Cox’s Bazar, on 28 August, 2012. The objective of the orientation workshop was to orient the DCs, DDLGs and UNOs on the functions, potentials and responsibilities of VCMC. Mr. K M Mozammel Hoq, Additional Secretary, LGD, MoLGRD&C and National Project Director of AVCB was present as the Chief Guest at the orientation program

Workshop on Village Courts held in Chuadanga
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With continuous efforts to sensitize key stakeholders of activating village courts, the project tilted ‘Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh’ organized a district workshop on strengthening sensitization and involvement of the stakeholders on Village Courts on July 31, 2012 at Deputy Commissioner's Conference Room, Chuadanga

District workshop on Village Courts held at Pirojpur
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In the continuous endeavor to sensitize and involve key stakeholders for activating village courts, the project tilted ‘Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh’ organized a district workshop on strengthening sensitization and involvement of relevant stakeholders on Village Courts on July 15, 2012

“Make village courts functional all over the country” – Prime Minister
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The Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed making Village Courts functional all over the country widening justice services to rural people in an affordable and easy manner. ‘The government is considering appointing a judicial assistant to each union parishad (UP) across the country to help public representatives make the village courts operational’ she said while delivering speech as the Chief Guest at inauguration program of two-day long Village Courts Conference 2012

National Consultation on Role of Media in Activating Village Courts held
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A National Consultation on Role of Media in Activating Village Courts was held on April 18, 2012 at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka. Mr. Jahangir Kabir Nanok MP, Honb’le State Minister, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C), graced the consultation as the Chief Guest. H.E. Mr William Hanna, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh and Mr. Stefan Priesner, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh were present as Special Guests

 
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Ensuring access to justice system is key to ensure good governance and eventual poverty reduction. In this context, the formal justice system in Bangladesh is under tremendous pressure with huge caseload and experiencing inadequacy of human resources and necessary logistics to dispose off the pending cases. Consequently, the case backlogs add up further to the existing piles of disputes and presently the number stands about two millions. It implicates a negative consequence on the lives of rural poor and vulnerable groups who cannot afford the expenses of cases and lacks clear understanding of how to obtain justice in the formal courts, where as significant parts of those case backlogs could easily be resolved through the local level justice system.<<Details>>

 

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Review of the Village Courts Legal Framework

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Social Barrier and Limitations of Village Courts

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Baseline Survey Report on VC in Bangladesh

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