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Judges and layers to protest the appointment of an acting CJ

Judges and layers to protest the appointment of an acting CJ

2012 Dec 05

A majority of the members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has decided to boycott working any of the courthouses if the government moves to appoint an acting Chief Justice during the period of the impeachment proceedings, it is learnt.

Lawyers affiliated to the government have pointed out that the only measure to be taken is to appoint an acting Chief Justice. They have explained that it would stop the pressure being placed on parliament by a fundamental rights petition filed by lawyers supportive of the Chief Justice.

However, a majority of the judges serving around the island have decided not to follow the directives of such an acting Chief Justice. Lawyers have also decided not to appear in front of such an appointee in court.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and former Attorney general Mohan Peiris are currently looking at the possibility of appointing an acting Chief Justice on a Presidential directive.

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