Dec 02, Colombo: Minister of Justice Human Rights & Legal Reforms Nimal Siripala de Silva says that the Government should work out a mechanism to expedite the Government Analyst's reports to prevent delays in court cases due to the delay in reports.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva made this observation while participating in an inspection tour of the Government Analyst's Department today.
The Minister observed that the latest equipment and laboratories that are of international standard have been provided to the Government Analyst's Department.
It has been observed that in the last two years, the number of requests for reports of drug analysis from the judiciary has increased by one hundred and fifty percent.
To prevent the delay in providing these reports, the Minister has instructed the Secretary to the Ministry to take immediate steps to recruit more than 31 approved staff to the Government Analyst's Department.
He also requested that the Government Analyst's Department continue to work during the evenings and weekends, in addition to their normal working hours, until the recruitment process is completed. The Minister instructed to work out a clear mechanism for this.
The officials of the Government Analyst's Department made presented the shortcomings in the existing law regarding the submission of Analyst reports. The Minister has instructed directing the attention of the Attorney General to take necessary steps to amend the relevant laws.
Minister de Silva stressed that the officials should submit a report on the Government Analyst Department to the Ministry Secretary by the end of December and every month thereafter. He instructed the Ministry secretary to monitor the progress of the state institute,
The Minister pointed out that the analysis done by the Government Analyst's Department could also be done in the laboratories of universities. Therefore, a mechanism should be explored to obtain these reports from the universities and if necessary amendments should be made to the legal provisions to expedite the process of obtaining the relevant forensic laboratory reports.
The Secretary to the Ministry was asked to discuss the matter with the universities and submit a report to the Minister.