The greatest need of the hour is Constitutional change, to enable independence of the judiciary, said former Attorney General and past President of the Bar Association, Shibly Aziz, PC making the 6th K. C. Kamalasabayson Memorial Oration at the Hulftsdorp Law College, on the topic “What Ails The Justice Delivery System?”
He said that until the process and system for making judicial appointments can be made free of the ability of the ‘executive’ to make appointments at its sole discretion, “independence of the judiciary” will remain a standard too high”.
He emphasized that a robust bar is needed, to protect the legal and judicial system. He noted that the stand taken by the bar when Chief Justice Bandaranayake was mistreated, was something to be proud of, despite what happened eventually.
Glowing tribute was paid to the late K. C. Kamalasabayson, PC who was described as a skilled counsel and a highly ethical gentleman who protected the principles on which the Attorney General’s Department should be run.
On the occasion, the website of the Kamalasabayson Foundation (www.thekamalasabaysonfoundation.com) was launched. The site contains several features, including the complete text of previous orations and a ‘Guest Book’ in which several people have started writing of their various memories and experiences with the late Mr. K. C. Kamalasabayson.