The Appellate Division on Sunday extended time for the government up to December 3 to issue a gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges.
A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order following a time-petition filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam on Sunday.
Earlier on October 8, the SC extended time up to November 5 for publishing the gazette notification.
On August 20, the apex court gave the government two more weeks to publish it.
On August 6, the SC extended time up to October 8 for publishing the gazette.
After months of delays, Law Minister Annisul Huq submitted the final draft of the service rules to the Appellate Division for review on Jul 27.
But on Jul 30, Justice Sinha rejected it saying none of the recommendations made by the court had been included in it.
CJ Sinha and other judges of the six-member Appellate Division bench then offered to sit with the government to finalise the draft.
Minister Anisul told the media that he would sit with the top court judges on Aug 3, but later deferred it citing health issues.
The government submitted a draft of the rules for lower court judges last year to separate the judiciary from the executive.
The separation followed a historic appellate verdict over a case filed by Judge Masdar Hossain.
The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be created.
But the rules drafted by the government last year were declared incompatible with the Masdar Hossain case verdict because it appeared similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.
On December 2, 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.
The apex court then amended the draft and sent it back to the law ministry, asking it to finalise and submit it as a report.