Written by Tharushan Fernando
28 Nov, 2015 | 9:03 pm
The National Law Week was initiated on Saturday with the aim of creating an environment where one can trust the law. The initiative commenced opposite the Hulftsdorp Court Complex in Colombo.
Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe speaking on the occasion stated:
Even though we execute a successful judicial system, the government has not undertaken a programme to raise awareness among the people about the law. The rule of law of the country needs to be protected above all…
During the past, we heard the third voice and this voice came from the people. We have reached a point where the doubts and mistrust on the judiciary are fading away. So, we will strive towards this.
Chief Justice, K. Sripavan stated:
I believe there is a need for a strong bar, and this would in no doubt help in the development of sterling qualities among the members of the bar, which will also be reflected in the course of time in the members of the bench when judges are exclusively recruited from among the members of the bar.
He added that lawyers see the action as perhaps no one else in the bar. And without their assistance it is impossible to make the law an instrument of social justice.
The Chief Justice also stated:
We need to respond to the call of balance and impartiality – the inherent nature of law, its rationality and objectivity. The law profession is the custodian of these values. Let us therefore guard them well because now they are in short supply.
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