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Wednesday, 12 December 2012






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Section of Galle lawyers boycott anti-impeachment protest

A section of Galle lawyers refrained from taking part in the protest launched by the Galle Lawyers’ Association against the alleged unfair investigation into the impeachment charges against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake yesterday, following a divided resolution adopted at its Special General Meeting on Monday.

Stranded members of the public at the Galle Fort Court complex

At the very inception of the meeting a section of members of the Galle Lawyers’ Association pointed out that the convening of the special general meeting was unconstitutional owing to the short notice given to the membership to participate it. They further charged that the meeting had been convened following a hasty decision of the Association’s Secretary on a written request to 30 members on the morning of the day of the meeting itself giving only a few hours for the membership to participate in the meeting resulting in poor attendance.

However, taking a decision with the majority’s approval the Association’s President had continued the meeting as scheduled.

The first move advocating the impartial and constitutional removal of any judge proved guilty of any kind of misconduct was unanimously adopted while the second proposal to launch a token trade union action by abstaining from legal activities for one and half hours from 9.00 am yesterday was passed by majority approval.

The third move to launch a two day trade union action on December 11 and 12 in protest of alleged prejudicial investigation into charges against the Chief Justice under the present Impeachment was also adopted with a majority. A fourth resolution in respect of the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and the Appeal Court was also adopted by a majority.

Most significantly the meeting’s final resolution to abstain from all court activities until the withdrawal of all charges against the Chief Justice in the Impeachment was vetoed by the majority who demanded the unprejudiced and constitutional inquiry into all charges against the CJ.

Nevertheless the public who had come to the magistrate, district and high courts at Galle Fort Court for litigation were disappointed due to unnoticed trade union action of the lawyers.

The judges of all courts who resumed duties as usual called all cases on the roll and postponed them giving short dates as there was no appearance in courts by the majority of lawyers.



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