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Mahmud Hossain appointed new Chief Justice of Bangladesh

Published on February 06, 2018
Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, the second senior-most judge of the Appellate Division, has been appointed as the new chief justice of Bangladesh.


  • Justice Hossain was sworn in as the 22nd Chief Justice of Bangladesh at Bangabhaban in Dhaka.
  • President Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to Syed Mahmud Hossain.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with her cabinet colleagues and Supreme Court judges witnessed the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace. 
  • The post of the chief justice fell vacant when Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned on November 10 last year.
  • Justice Miah had been performing as the acting chief justice since October 3 after Justice Sinha went abroad on leave.

About Syed Mahmud Hossain


  • Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain was born in 1954 in Bangladesh. Later on, he obtained BSc and LLB degrees and completed the six-month long “Commonwealth Young Lawyers” course at the School of Oriental African Studies and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of London University. He was enrolled as advocate of the District Court and the High Court Division of Supreme Court in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Hossain also acted as deputy attorney general from December 1999 until he was elevated to the bench. He became the additional judge of the High Court Division in February 2001 and the judge of the division in February 2003. In February 2011, he was elevated to the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division. He has also participated in various international seminars and symposiums in Malaysia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, India, South Korea and Hong Kong.

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