Sept 06, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has set up a new court in Anuradhapura in the North Central Province to hear cases on terrorism and child abuse.
Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said the court was set up to prevent the delays and expedite the hearing of cases involving terrorism suspects.
The independent court house would also help hear cases involving child abuse, the Minister said.
Current North Central Provincial Appeal Court Judges, Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Khema Swarnadhipathi, will hear the cases at the new Court.
The setting up of a new court house in Anuradhapura to hear cases on terrorism is a recommendation made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Hakeem said the newly opened court house will expedite trials relating to child abuse. The court will be child-friendly while preventing secondary victimization.
He explained that the special court house was opened in Anuradhapura since there have been a large number of child abuse cases in the region.
Similar courts will be set up in Vavuniya and Mannar as well, the Minister said.