Honorable Director General,
Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI)
Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana
Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, former Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has assumed the position of the Director General of the Judicial Administration Training Institute on 20 May, 2021 in accordance with section 11(2) of the Judicial Administration Training Institute Act, 1995. Her Lordship is the first ever woman to grace the position of the Director General of the Judicial Administration Training Institute.
Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana obtained BSc and LLB degrees and was enrolled as an advocate in the Mymensingh District Court in July 1972. On December 20, 1975, she joined Bangladesh Judicial Service as a Munsif and had forever become an extraordinary part of history as Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana was the first ever female judge to enter Bangladesh Judiciary. Her Lordship had a diverse career in the subordinate judiciary and she was promoted to District and Sessions Judge on December 20, 1990. Not only was Her Lordship a brilliant judicial officer, she also was a dynamic administrator. As recognition of her brilliance and professional excellence, again making history, Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana was appointed as the first ever female Justice of the High Court Division and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in the years 2000 and 2011 respectively.
Continuing her outstanding career as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana made her position prominent and distinguished in the highest judiciary of the country by handing down many landmark judgments. It is mentionable that Her Lordship presided over a bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for a long time. She has an impeccable reputation and is highly respected by the bar and bench and within the legal community of the country. Her contribution to the subordinate judiciary as well as the higher judiciary is remarkable and well regarded.
As the first ever female Judge in the history of both subordinate and higher judiciary of Bangladesh, Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana broke the stereotypical barriers for women and she is the pioneer who paved the way for other women and motivated them to enter the judiciary and pursue a career. Her Lordship is the Founding President of Bangladesh Women Judges Association (BWJA). She is also an active member of International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) since its formation and she has served as Secretary of IAWJ for 2 consecutive terms of 4 years.
During her long and eventful career, Madam Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana has attended many international and national training programs and conferences both as a participant and as an invited speaker and resource person.