5 December, 2020

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‘As A Member Of Commonwealth, Follow Its Values’ Urge Commonwealth Judges, Magistrates And Lawyers

By Colombo Telegraph

“The Associations urge the Government and Parliament of Sri Lanka to respect the independence of the judiciary and in particular to comply with its constitutional safeguards and the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles and international standards.” says Commonwealth Judges, Magistrates And Lawyers associations.

Chief Justice Bandaranayake

“Sri Lanka, as a member of the Commonwealth, is expected to adhere to the fundamental values and principles of the Commonwealth which includes the provision of an independent and impartial judiciary that can only be removed by proper process on grounds of incapacity or gross misconduct.” issuing a statement they further say.

We publish below the full text of the statement;

Statement on the Motion to Impeach the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Further to our statement of 19 November 2012, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) are concerned about the developments surrounding the impeachment of the Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

Sri Lanka, as a member of the Commonwealth, is expected to adhere to the fundamental values and principles of the Commonwealth which includes the provision of an independent and impartial judiciary that can only be removed by proper process on grounds of incapacity or gross misconduct.

In monitoring reports of the impeachment proceedings the Associations are very concerned that The Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Accountability of and the Relationship between the Three Branches of Government (2003), have been ignored and that as a result the judiciary and the Rule of Law have been severely damaged.

We endorse the Statement made by the International Commission of Jurists on 6 December 2012 and have
made representations to the Commonwealth Secretariat General on this issue as well as the UN Special
Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and note the Commonwealth Secretary General’s
statement of 12 December 2012.

The President of the CMJA stated that: “The independence of the judiciary is a fundamental principle supporting the rule of law. By its arbitrary actions, and its failure to follow even its own constitutional safeguards for the removal of judges, the Sri Lankan Parliament has seriously undermined that principle and called into question its adherence to the shared values of the Commonwealth.”

The Associations urge the Government and Parliament of Sri Lanka to respect the independence of the
judiciary and in particular to comply with its constitutional safeguards and the Commonwealth Latimer
House Principles and international standards.

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)
Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)
Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA)

Read the original text here

Related posts;

Impeachment: Esure Firness And Latimer House Principles Says Commonwealth Lawyers, Magistrates And Judges

Chief Justice’s Impeachment Hearing Violates Due Process – ICJ

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    Mahinda uncle is in a huge self inflicted crisis, even his AH licker Dr Rajasingham can’t save him now……!!…..Jeyawewa!!!

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    The commonwealth headed by Britain is well known for its tradition of forthrightness and fairness. Now the judiciary has spoken. Rajapakse can heed or disobey at his peril.

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    Why should MR listen to Commonwealth Judges, Magistrates and Lawyers when he has Kewattayas like Modawansa, Nalin de Silva and Mervyn Silva to advise him! Ah! that reminds me of Modawansa’s latest theory: LTTE supporters and imperialist forces of the West have hatched a conspiracy to divide the country with the connivance of the judiciary! My God! what a misfortune that the nation has to suffer this type of cheats!

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    MOKADHA LEDE’, BADE’ LEDE’
    KAVUDHA VEDHA, JOSIYA VEDHA,
    THOTA BARINAM, MATA DEEPANG,
    EKA DHEKA KERA, MAMA DHENNAM
    GEDARA GIYA GAANI NA,
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    GO BACK TO YOUR MUD HUTS AND SING THE ABOVE NON STOP RAP SONG TO ENTERTAIN YOURSELVES

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    I am the almighty king of Sri Lanka. Hultsdorf want to achieve what they couldn’t achieve in 30 years . I have Gota, Basil,Chamaal, Namal, Mervyn and Sajin Vas to do what I wants. It is me and my family only. Who the hell is CJ? Who care CommonWealth. I have Chinese wealth.

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