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Naurin Aktar Kankon

About Naurin Aktar Kankon

Naurin Aktar Kankon is currently working as the Metropolitan Magistrate at the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Chittagong District in Bangladesh. She is an ex-jurisprudent of the University of Dhaka. She had accomplished a Post Graduation Diploma in International Relations from the same Alma Matre. She has peer reviewed publications in the law journal of Judicial Administration Training Institute and Bangladesh Law Association. Furthermore, Naurin has sole and conjoint newspaper articles published in the Daily Star, the Daily Prothom Alo and the Dhaka Tribune, leading printed media in Bangladesh. Her research interest envisages innovative justice dispensation systems, alternative dispute resolution, legal aid programs and comparative law. She is currently working on a research prodigy on Confucianism and Theological basis of ADR mechanism vis-a-vis Far Eastern Legal Systems.

Restorative Justice in Bangladesh: Experiencing as a career Judge

by  Naurin Aktar Kankon

RJ Just AheadIn Bangladesh we are dispensing justice in a judicial system which is predominantly an adversarial model. Our litigants are more interested in taking revenge for what they had to pay or suffer being subjected to offence or wrongdoing. In such an adjudicative environment we cannot limit our role as a formal adjudicator rather assuming the role of a mediator. We try to reconcile the legal vengeance at the litigating parties in tactful manner where the problems are addressed more humanely and cause of justice is ensured. District Legal Aid Officers(who are also deputed from judges) provide legal advice, mediate between litigating parties and influence litigating people for compromise and through this way we get the number of cases reduced and peace and harmony  in the society restored.

In the judicial system of Bangladesh, we provide the restorative justice in the following aspects-

  • Restoration of the People in their normal course of life and in the community
    • Restoration
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Towards Innovative Justice: Enabling the underprivileged populaces to have easier access to justice

by  Naurin Aktar Kankon
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Right to Justice is fundamental.

Equal access to justice is an inalienable human right. It is “an essential component of the system of protection and enforcement of human rights”. However, access to justice has different meanings. It may be defined narrowly, to signify an individual’s right to bring a claim to a court or tribunal and to have that court or tribunal decide the claim. It could also refer to the right to be given legal aid when the individual does not have the resources required to avail of legal remedies. In a broad sense, access to justice also includes, as a critical element, the individual’s right to have her claim decided according to substantive standards of fairness and justice.

In international human rights instruments, access to justice as a term of art is not used. Nonetheless, the right of access to justice is clearly guaranteed. In Article 8, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights … [....]