Tuesday, November 3, 2009

To build a nation that upholds justice: Independence of Judiciary essential - President Mahinda Rajapaksa

*If the public were to respect the law and lawyers the law should be equal for everyone
*Today the rule of law was effective in all parts of the country
oIt is necessary to defend the self-government of the judiciary, to build a state that upholds justice. In our country we had experienced the rule of law for a considerable time but during the past three decades violence prevented carrying out the decisions made by Courts, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday(Nov 02).
The President was verbal communication after laying the base stone for a new lawyers office multifaceted at Hulftsdorp, Colombo.
Continuing the President said while the law and judiciary were performance on this side of the country a group of terrorists were setting up their own courts in disobedience of the judiciary and certain decisions made by our Courts of law could not be carried out and became a empty exercise due to the threat of terrorism. But today the rule of rule was effective in all parts of the country and no one could challenge the judiciary and laws.
If the public were to respect the law and lawyers the law should be equal for everyone.
Laws were enacted or amended by the legislature and we have over a very long period of time recognized our judicial institutions and our laws were time tested. The administration was not prepared to interfere into the judiciary for any reasons whatsoever as the government respected the independence of the judiciary and all of us should unite to defend the judiciary, the President said.
He said the time has come now for all of us to work hard and utmost efficiency was demanded by the country and efficiency and speed of resolving problems was also called for in the Courts of law and all other institutions linked to the judicial scheme.
Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Ministers Prof G.L.Peiris,. Milinda Moragoda, Attorney General Mohan Peiris and the Bar Association President W.Dayaratna were also present.
Courtesy: Daily News

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