The Supreme Court on Monday extended the deadline for services rules for lower court judges once again. In an order the Appellate Division allowed the authorities to take two more weeks to issue the gazette notification.
The eight-member appeals bench led by the chief justice granted this extension of time after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam's submitted a plea. "We hope the government will publish the gazette within the deadline. Do cooperate with us," Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha told the attorney general during the hearing.
The Appellate Division also fixed March 14 for the next hearing.
It is been more than there months when on November 24, 2016, the Supreme Court gave the government one week to publish a gazette notification on the disciplinary rules for the judicial officers.
Since then the government successfully pleaded for more time on several occasions.
The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.
On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.
On May 7, 2015, the Law Ministry sent the draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.