Written by Tharushan Fernando
19 Dec, 2015 | 12:14 am
The annual Conference of the Judicial Services Association was held in Colombo on Friday morning.
The event which was held under the auspices of President Mithripala Sirisena was also presided over by Chief Justice His Lordship K. Sri Pavan, and Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakshe.
President Sirisena stated:
There was a time when protests were staged in front of judges’ residences when the judiciary didn’t obey instructions and messages or orders sent by the executive. We all remember how the Chief Justice had to vacate her office in 48 hours simply because she did not comply to the orders of the executive. The eleven months that our government was in power exemplifies the true meaning of the word Good Governance
We took all possible steps to establish good governance in all institutions of the country. I will perform my duties and responsibilities to the fullest and that it is possible to establish a new constitution in the coming future.
Chief Justice, K. Sri Pavan noted that the rule of law sustains democracy, and it is equally true that to a bold and independent judiciary, is assigned the task of maintaining the rule of law. The impartiality and the independence of the judiciary, however depends on the high standards of conduct followed by judges. Only if the highest possible standards are adhered to, can the faith of the common man in the judiciary be maintained. And it is the duty of the courts to ensure that while exercising their powers that they do not over step their permissible limits and act within the bounds of the constitution…
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