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Sri Lanka Bar Association calls for an independent and competent judiciary to uphold the Rule of Law

2014 Jan 20

President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Upul Jayasuriya says that an independent, impartial, honest and competent judiciary is integral to upholding the Rule of Law.

Speaking at an event in Colombo, Jayasuriya has said that it was the duty of the judiciary, the legal fraternity and citizens to ensure that the Rule of Law was sustained.

Observing that an independent and competent judiciary will help build public confidence in the legal system, Jayasuriya explained that the Latimer House principles, adopted in Edinburgh in 2005 by the Commonwealth should be upheld in Sri Lanka, in order to achieve these aims.

Noting that Latimer House principles call for the judicial appointments to be made on the basis of clearly defined criteria and by a publicly declared process, the lawyer said there should be transparency in appointments and promotions of judges and the powers of appointment ought not to be vested solely in the appointing authority.

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