Md Tafazzul Islam was newly appointed as Chief Justice on December 23, 2009. President Zillur Rahman administered oath to the new chief justice at Bangabhaban at 9:30am.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, chairmen and members of parliamentary standing committees, former chief justices, judges of the Appellate Division and High Court Division of the Supreme Court, the attorney general, parliament members, the chiefs of the armed forces, the president and the secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association, vice chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, and the registrar of the Supreme Court were present
On December 15, the president appointed Justice Tafazzul as the 17th chief justice of the country.
After his appointment, he pledged to ensure justice for poor people and to uphold democracy in the country. Although he stated that establishing justice and rule of law will be a challenge, he is certain that supreme Court can overcome these obstacles.