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Justice Minister stresses need to minimise backlog of cases

by Sandasen Marasinghe

Justice and Judicial Reforms Minister John Seneviratne yesterday stressed the need to minimise the backlog of cases and stated he expected support of the Ministry staff to fulfill the endeavour.

Speaking after officially assuming duties at the Justice and Judicial Reforms Ministry in Hulftsdorp, he said the backlog of cases had become a major issue and being an attorney, he knew the impact of justice denied and justice delayed to the people.

He said lack of court houses, judges, attorneys-at-law, officers and other facilities have become major causes for laws delays.

Seneviratne said he would take steps to open courts where necessary and solve other problems soon, after discussions with the Judicial Service Commission and other authorities.

He said he would consider requests from judges and the ministry staff as it was important for an efficient judicial service.

Steps to widen the legal aid for the needy litigant will also be given priority, the Minister said.

Outgoing Justice and Judicial Reforms Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara, Attorney General K.C. Kamalasabesan, Solicitor General C.R. De Silva, Secretary to the Ministry Dhara Wijetilake and Kusumsiri Balapatabendi were also present.

Chief Incumbent of the Asgiriya Chapter, Sabaragamuwa Province Ven. Kauduwawe Sangarathana Thera, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera and Ven. Kempitiya Sri Suseela Thera were also present.

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