Profile of Chief Justice of Bangladesh

16. Chief Jestis

Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was born on February 01, 1951 in the Village Tilakpur, P.S-Kamalganj and District-Mulvibazar. He is the son of Late Lalit Mohan Sinha and Dhanabati Sinha. Having obtained Bachelor of Laws (LLB) under Chittagong University, he was enrolled as an Advocate of the District Court, Sylhet in 1974 and practiced there under the guidance of two reputed Civil and Criminal Lawyers. He obtained the permission to practice before the High Court Division and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 1978 and 1990 respectively.

Justice Sinha was elevated as Judge of the High Court Division on 24.10.1999 and as Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on 16.07.2009. He assumed the office of the Chairman of the Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission on 12.06.2011 and the office of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh on 17.01.2015.

Justice Sinha represented the Chief Justice of Bangladesh in “3rd International Conference of the Chief Justices of the World” held at Lucknow, India in 2002 and presented there a paper on “Fostering respect for International Law”. He participated in the “Judicial Training Programme for the Senior Judges of Bangladesh” held at Seoul, Korea in 2006. In response to an invitation from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), he participated in different Seminars on “Judicial Development Programme (Bangladesh)” from August 30 to September 14, 2010 held in Seoul, Korea and presented a Key Note on “Judicial Development of Bangladesh”.

In 2012, Justice Sinha led a Bangladesh delegation to Singapore and Indonesia and took part at different meetings with the Chief Justice of Singapore and Chief Justice of Indonesia. Under the leadership of Justice Sinha, in 2013, a Bangladesh delegation visited India and United Kingdom and participated at different sessions with the Chief Justice of India, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Supreme Court of UK, Royal Courts of Justice, Judicial Appointments Commission in London, Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, Lord President of Scottish High Court of Judiciary and Judicial Institute for Scotland. Being invited by the National Centre for State Courts, in 2013, he also participated at the “6th International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary” organized by the International Organization for Judicial Training in USA. In 2014, he led a Bangladesh delegation in a visit to Hong Kong and China where the delegation participated at different sessions with the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court of Hong Kong, Vice-President of the Supreme People`s Court of China, National Judges College China and High Court of Beijing.

He has visited India, Nepal, Qatar, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, United States, United Kingdom and Canada.