June 08, Colombo: A Sri Lankan lawyer has complained to the Judiciary Services Commission and the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) regarding misconduct of a magistrate.
Benshi Mendis, a senior lawyer in Moratuwa court has lodged a complaint against Moratuwa Magistrate Aravinda Perera that the magistrate had rejected a request seeking justice for her client and in open courts threatened to remand her and suspend her for six months.
The lawyer further stated in her complaint that the magistrate made this statement in public and he also summoned two prison officials to her.
When she had appeared for a respondent in another case later in the day, the magistrate had again threatened her, telling her not to appear in cases and that he would not heed her requests.
BASL secretary Ajith Pathirana has confirmed receiving the complaint against the Moratuwa Magistrate and said a committee would be appointed to investigate it.