BASL responds to statement by Justice Minister on High Court Commissioner appointment

BASL responds to statement by Justice Minister on High Court Commissioner appointment

BASL responds to statement by Justice Minister on High Court Commissioner appointment

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Dec, 2015 | 7:44 pm

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka issued a media release on the response of the Minister of Justice to the statement of the BASL, on the appointment of a high court commissioner.

It reads that the the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has repeatedly objected to and strongly opposed the recent questionable appointment of a high -court commissioner and condemned the recommendation pertaining thereto, by the Minister of Justice.

It notes that the Minister of Justice has since said that the appointment in question was made due to there being no vacancy in the cadre of High Court judges, and that after verifying the statement the BASL has details that the number of High court judges functioning in office is 70: whereas the law provides for a cadre of 75.

Accordingly, the BASL states that the claim that there are no vacancies in the High Court cadre is, to say the least, inaccurate.

The BASL calls upon both the Minister of justice and the Judicial Services Commission to release to the public, a list of sitting judges of the High Court, which will confirm the inaccuracy of the Minister’s position, and also calls upon the Minister of Justice to clarify his position.

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