LAC thanks President for magnanimous gesture
The Legal Aid Commission (LAC) at a special meeting held recently in
Colombo unanimously resolved to communicate a message of appreciation
and gratitude to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for allocating Rs. 10
million, needed to maintain the Legal Aid Centres in Tsunami affected
areas including Akkaraipattu, Balapitiya, Batticaloa, Colombo, Galle,
Hambantota, Jaffna, Kalmunai, Kalutara and Trincomalee.
An agreement between the Project Monitoring Unit of the Asian
Development Bank (ADB) and LAC comes to an end this month.
Funds allocated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa would enable the LAC
to maintain the 11 Legal Aid Centres in areas where an estimated 35,000
persons were drowned, 100,000 dwellings destroyed and over 500,000
Legal recovery of Tsunami survivors is a long term process and the
LAC would now be able to continue the rehabilitation work with the
financial support allocated to it by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Legal Aid Commission established under Law No.27 of 1978
comprises nine Commissioners, six of whom are elected by the Bar Council
of Sri Lanka and the remaining three nominated by the Minister of
Justice and Law Reforms.
The LAC currently Comprises Chairman S.S. Wijeratne with
Commissioners President's Counsel Manohara de Silva, Senior Attorneys at
Law Upali Gooneratne, Rohan Sahabandu, Swarna Perera and Additional
Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms Lilanthi de Silva,
who functions as the Secretary to the Commission.
All Commissioners including the LAC Chairman work on a voluntary
basis without any remunerations, said LAC Chairman Wijeratne.