Judicature Amendment Bill to be Presented in Parliament Today

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:50 GMT, May 9, 2018 |

The draft bill for the amendment of the Judicature Act will be tabled in Parliament today.

The Act recommends the establishment of three special High Courts in order to solve cases over serious financial fraud promptly.

Cabinet Media Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the draft is expected to be passed unanimously with the support of members of all parties.

However the Joint Opposition has charged the Act has been tabled with the intention of seeking political vengeance.

Parliamentarian Janaka Wakkumbura said the Act hands over the power of the Attorney General’s Department to the Minister of Justice.

MP Wakkumbura stressed that it is wrong to allow the Minister of Justice to decide which cases will be brought forward at his own will.

However Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorala stressed there was no requirement for seeking political vengeance through the draft bill which proposes the establishment of three special High Courts.

Minister Athukorala stated some fear the special Courts are being established for political vengeance.

The Minister of Justice said the former Chief Justice who was dismissed for not fulfilling the needs of the Rajapaksa regime would have been called back to service if this was an act of political vengeance.

However Minister Thalatha Athukorala stressed the President, Prime Minister and the government does not work with the motive of political vengeance adding therefore there is no need for such fear.

Meanwhile The JVP says it has not reached a decision over passing the draft bill for the Amendment of the Judicature.

Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake said the stance of the JVP regarding the draft bill will be announced after the contents of the draft bill are analyzed.

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