Bangladesh Parliament on 12 May 2016, passed the “Civil Courts (Amendment) Act, 2016”. It will amend the Civil Courts Act, 1887. It will expand the monetary jurisdiction of lower court judges.
According to the amendment, district judges will try civil cases with suit value of Tk. 5 crores instead of existing Tk. 5 lakhs. Assistant judges will try civil cases with suit value of Tk. 15 lakhs from Tk. 2 lakhs and senior assistant judges Tk. 25 lakhs from Tk. 4 lakhs.
Purpose of the amendment is to lessen the burden of the High Court.