20 January, 2019

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Expedite Appointments In Apex Court: BASL Decides To Urge President Sirisena

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka decided to write to President Maithripala Sirisena urging him to expedite the swearing-in of the judges who have been promoted to the Supreme Court from the Court of Appeal.

Upul Jayasuriya PC

The BASL today discussed the chaotic situation prevailing in the country’s apex court due to this unprecedented situation.

The BASL resolved, as raised by Upul Jayasuriya PC, to urge President Maithripala Sirisena that the Justice has suffered during the last several weeks when two judges of the Court of Appeal were approved by the Constitutional Council to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

One more judge’s name has been approved to be appointed to the court of appeal whilst one more vacancy still exists in the Court of Appeal. One other judge, the BASL said, is not sitting to hear cases.

“Last week the 7 judges of the Supreme Court quite rightly were engrossed in a nationally important matter. The Chief Justice was unable to constitute another bench as there were only two more judges left. It is necessary to have three judges to hear matters in the Supreme Court. All the matters in the ordinary course of business had to be postponed,” an informed BASL source said, explaining the rationale behind the BASL’s involvement.

“Justice has suffered without these judges whose names have been approved by the Constitutional Council not been sworn in by the President. Furthermore the judges whose names have been recommended from the Court of Appeal can’t take up cases for argument as once they are promoted they can’t deliver judgment,” it also added.

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    BASL, a Nation’s highest & most highly Intellectual Individuals had to Makes a Plea (A Plea BARGAIN) & Bend-Over to a……. with a SO CALLED Democratically Elected LUNATIC-MEGALOMANIAC- Loser who had Only passed to 8th Grade [in O/L merits for Sinhala-Buddhism]…..How ashamed you and me and every man-and woman in this Bastard-Little BUDDHIST-SINHALA country feels …..This is why Democracy should not a Universal Feature with a Society…It only Suites for Advanced Societies…Sri Lanka Considered in the Global Classing with in the African Continental Nations……Dubbed as :BACKWARD-Countries……….

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    It appears that the President of our Country has suffered from shell shock and is unable to think and act rationally. Someone close to him should give him a good thump on his back and tell him to get on with it.

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      You are being very polite….

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    He is looking for Sarath Nanda De Silva and Manohara de Silva for opinion but still he couldn’t locate them.

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    BASL should also ask the President to appoint senior judges from minority communities to hear nationally
    important cases, like the one we had on dissolution of parliament recently, Judiciary should act indepen
    -dently and select the best of judges on merits and not on communal basis and see that there is equal representation from the minority communities so that the international bodies and the minorities in Sri
    Lanka will feel that proper justice is served and they will accept the verdicts in the right sprits.

    BASL should act independently and should not have any truck with the govt. in power and become a tool
    of a govt. to suppress media freedom.

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      lanka watch

      Racism being promoted?

      Whether majority or minority qualified seniors must be appointed.

      In case all the qualified & senior are minority members they must be in top positions rather than paving the way for junior majority contenders & in the same way minority must keep mouths shut when all the qualified & seniors are from majority community to hold top positions.

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      Lanka Watch
      Enough of minority’s shenanigans especially the Muslims.

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    A buffalo understands only the big stick. Civilized urgings is not going to work.

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    No one should be appointed at this time. The parliament has a new opposition party and a opposition leader. Hence, all appointments must be stopped until the new opposition appoints its members to the relevant commissions and select committees per constitution.

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      These are respected Judicial Officers who had been recommended to the Bench by the legally constituted JSC more than 02 months ago, but not appointed by a president who has no idea about the law of the land.
      There is absolutely no reason why such appointments should be delayed any further.

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      Hmmm…..I wonder who the opposition and the leader of them is. Not the ‘Fake PM who got kicked out and his 49 thieves’ because they are not a registered party and are not MPs anymore. They have left the SLFP and the constitution voids their membership of the parliament automatically.

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    The Supreme Court verdict was a shake-up to Lankans. BASL has suddenly woken up.
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    A past President of BASL invited LawAsia to observe the SC proceedings. It was not BASL.
    BASL never commented and still does not. Instead here is a resolution urging MS to fill vacancies.
    Is it too much to expect BASL to be pro-active in this critical moment?
    By the way, we know that BASL is there somewhere! Yes

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    Are the courts meant only to hear FR petitions and deliver judgement quickly on matters dealing with the President, Fake Prime Minister and Sacked Prime Minster?.
    How about the ordinary citizens FR petition.? I know of a FR case pending from 2011. Hearing Concluded in June 2016, but verdict still pending as at 15/12/18. All are equal in the eye of the LAW?

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    Will Maithri resign according to script written by Yahaplana retards and their masters in the West?

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    WHY CAN’T THE BASL ARRANGE A VERY TRANSPARENT RECEIPT SYSTEM TO BE GIVEN TO THEIR CLIENTS WHEN PAYMENTS ARE DONE TO LAWYERS FEES —- ARE THEY ABOVE THE LAW– IS THIS NOT TOTAL VIOLATION OF THE COUNTRY TAX LAW & UMAN FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

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