Chief Justice of Bangladesh

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Chief Justice of Bangladesh
বাংলাদেশের প্রধান বিচারপতি
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Md. Muzammel Hossain

since 18 May 2011
Style The Honourable
Residence Dhaka, Bangladesh
Appointer President of Bangladesh
Inaugural holder Mr. Justice Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem
Formation 1972
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The Chief Justice of Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশের প্রধান বিচারপতিBānglādēśhēr Prodhān Bichārpoti) is the chief amongst the judges of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and also head of the whole judicial establishments, including subordinate courts. The Chief Justice is appointed by The President of Bangladesh, who sits in the Appellate Division with other judges to hear and decide cases. Chief Justice presides over full court meetings to transact business relating to the administration of the Supreme Court, and control discipline of the judges and magistrates of the subordinate courts. Most rules for regulating the practice and procedure of both the Appellate and High Court Divisions of the Supreme Court (including subordinate courts) including those specified in certain legislative acts, such as the Companies Act 1994 and the Banking Companies Act 1991, are also duly scrutinized and approved in full court meetings presided over by the Chief Justice. He also distributes judicial business of the High Court Division by constituting different benches to exercise its original, appellate and revisable jurisdictions[1]

Administrative control (including the power of creation of post, promotion and grant of leave) and discipline of the judges and magistrates of the subordinate courts is exercised by the President in consultation with the Supreme Court and urgent matters relating thereto are dispensed with in consultation with the Chief Justice.

List of Chief Justices of Bangladesh[edit]

No. Name Took office Left office
01 Mr. Justice Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem 16.12.1972 5.11.1975
02 Mr. Justice Syed A.B. Mahmud Husain 18.11.1975 31.01.1978
03 Mr. Justice Ruhul Islam (CJ of the High Court) 13.08.1976 22.01.1978
04 Mr. Justice Kemaluddin Hossain 01.02.1978 11.04.1982
05 Mr. Justice F.K.M. Munim 12.04.1982 30.11.1989
06 Mr. Justice Badrul Haider Chowdhury 01.12.1989 01.01.1990
07 Mr. Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed 14.01.1990 31.01.1995
08 Mr. Justice M.H. Rahman 01.02.1995 30.04.1995
09 Mr. Justice A.T.M Afzal 01.05.1995 31.05.1999
10 Mr. Justice Mustafa Kamal 01.06.1999 31.12.1999
11 Mr. Justice Latifur Rahman 01.01.2000 28.02.2001
12 Mr. Justice Mahmudul Amin Choudhury 01.03.2001 17.06.2002
13 Mr. Justice Mainur Reza Choudhury 18.06.2002 22.06.2003
14 Mr. Justice Khondokar Mahmud Hasan 23.06.2003 26.01.2004
15 Mr. Justice Syed Jillur Rahim Mudasser Husain 27.01.2004 28.02.2007
16 Mr. Justice Md. Ruhul Amin 01.03.2007 31.05.2008
17 Mr. Justice M M Ruhul Amin 01.06.2008 22.12.2009
18 Mr. Justice Md. Tafazzul Islam 23.12.2009 07.02.2010
19 Mr. Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim 08.02.2010 30.09.2010
20 Mr. Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haque 01.10.2010 17.05.2011
21 Mr. Justice Md. Muzammel Hossain 18.05.2011 Present

Next Chief Justice of Bangladesh[edit]

Mr. Justice Surandra Kumar Sinha is the second senior most justice of appellate division. If he becomes the chief justice of Bangladesh he will be the first non-muslim and the first non-Baangalee in this post, after retirement of the current chief justice in the next January 2015. He is from Monipuri, a minority ethnic community in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh 98.5% population is ethnically Baangalee and 89.7% population follows Islam (95% of them are Sunni).

See also[edit]



  • Chief Justice. Banglapedia (National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh)
  • Khairul Haque made CJ [1]