By Colombo Telegraph –
“In 1867 Walter Bagehot commented that, the worst judge is a deaf judge. I believe it is apt to amend his sentiment in relation to this crucial judicial and socio-economic juncture of our country. The worst judge is not merely one who is deaf, but one who also succumbs to pressure. It is as much the responsibility of the judge to stand above it, without any fear or favour as it is the responsibility of the Legislature, the Executive and the society at large to ensure that they are capable of discharging their constitutional duties without undue adverse intimidation.” says Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Sri Lanka.
She made the above remarks at the Annual General Meeting of the Judicial Services Association held today, December 22, 2012.
Read the full text of the speech here