Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan government considering to appoint an acting Chief Justice
Sun, Nov 11, 2012, 12:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has focused its attention on appointing an acting Chief Justice until the impeachment hearing against the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is concluded.

The President has powers to appoint an acting Chief Justice in a situation where the incumbent Chief Justice fails to perform duties such as illness, going abroad etc. under chapter 109 (1) of the Constitution.

Another Supreme Court Judge should be appointed to act as Chief Justice. However, the appointment is only for 14 days and needed to be extended.

The action is expected to pave way for the Chief Justice to avoid sitting in benches that examine petitions.

Ruling party lawmakers and state media have criticized the Chief Justice for continuing to conduct her duties and hear cases while impeachment hearing is pending before Parliament saying that her conduct is unethical and unconstitutional.

However, a senior President's Counsel has said that Chief Justice could continue to sit and hear cases in court since the impeachment motion against her was still pending in parliament.

Meanwhile, the Bribery and Corruption Commission says that it will probe a complaint lodged against the Chief Justice.

Reportedly, the parliamentary select committee which is yet to be formed fully may take more than a month to probe the charges against the Chief Justice.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka Chief Justice can continue to hear cases despite impeachment motion

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka President arrives in Paris for UN climate conference
-- [23 minutes ago]
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister seeks immediate release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka Navy
Pakistan Naval Ship to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday
EU acknowledges Sri Lanka's encouraging measures to get GSP+, requires to resolve fishery ban first
Indian Army Chief arrives in Sri Lanka to review bilateral defense ties
President invites IOM to host a global consultation in Sri Lanka on health of migrants
Sri Lankan President to leave for Paris today to attend Climate Change summit
Government incurs losses of Rs. 147 billion in tax revenue due to concessionary vehicle permits
Extremists spreading rumors of threats to national security, Sri Lanka Defense Secretary says
Minister expects a revival in Sri Lanka's fisheries sector next year

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.