De facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris whose appointment is still being contested in the Supreme Court now run by him has denied the importance of the separation of powers doctrine when he claimed yesterday that the legislature, executive and judiciary were three different institutions only for “administrative purposes.”
Peiris said he believed the three institutions would be most public friendly if it functions as a single mechanism.
He was speaking as chief guest at the opening of a new court in Anuradhapura to try cases pertaining to LTTE detainees and child abuse cases.
“The best judge is one who knows good and evil and has a conscience. We must never forget this” the de fact Chief Justice said.
The new court is based on a recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.