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By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera

Justice Minister Athauda Seneviratne told Parliament today the law would be amended soon to provide for the filing of Human Rights cases in the Court of Appeal.

Currently, such cases are filed in the Supreme Court only. Minister Seneviratne noted that according to the proposed law, appeals could be made to the Supreme Court on Human Rights issues heard by the Court of Appeal.

Besides, the Minister said that ‘Additional Courts’ would be set up in the country to clear the backlog of Court cases within a span of two years.

“There is a long delay in dispensing judgments because of this backlog.  We have to resolve this problem,” he said.

In this case, he said that the support from the CID and the Attorney General would be sought. Commenting on the Mediation Boards, he said that the Cabinet approval had been given to empower the Mediation Boards settle disputes involving financial issues worth up to Rs. 100,000.

Earlier, only the cases involving a financial value of s. 25,000 were referred to these Boards.

“We are for mediation of problems as much as possible,” he said.

Commenting on the family disputes, he said that he would introduce a judicial procedure to resolve such case without leaving them to be ended up in legal separations.

“In Europe, over 60 percent of marriages end up in legal separations with the passage of time. It has dire social consequences. Therefore, those countries now opt for mediation of problems as far as possible,” he said.

The Minister also said that bail applications with regard to firearms offences could be filed only in Colombo now. He said that he ha taken steps to devolve this power to Courts in Provinces as well.

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  • patriot Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:22 PM

    Human Rights? What it is? Is there anything like that exist in Sri Lanka? Even yesterday 2 civilians were kidnapped by a white van in Borella. If any one talk about HR in Sri Lanka they will be branded as LTTE. So before implement any changes we need to educated the meaning of HR to our leadership & their extended family members.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:22 PM

    Human Rights? Is it a foreign word? I doubt that it is in the vocabulary of this country!

    LouVi Thursday, 05 August 2010 04:18 AM

    Minister, better set-up a kangaroo court under Mervyn and nobody will dare to appeal!

    ANGELA BANDARA Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:58 PM

    MINISTER ATHAUDA IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE BACKLOG OF COURT CASES. WE ARE PROUD OF THIS MINSTER AND I HOPE HE WILL BE GIVEN THE FULLEST SUPPORT BY THE RAJAPAKSA ADMINSTRATION.

    RajasH Wednesday, 04 August 2010 06:45 PM

    This is a tacit admission that there are a huge number of HR violations ... and increasing.

    SriLankan Thursday, 05 August 2010 05:28 AM

    I Suggest preserve HR in the country, set a good example, the existing courts will be enough then.

    malkanthi Thursday, 05 August 2010 06:30 AM

    Well Hon minister is living in a dream world!! Anyhow this conveys his desire, which we much praise!!

    Man B Thursday, 05 August 2010 01:47 AM

    What you mean by Human Rights in SL?

    Gow Thursday, 05 August 2010 02:49 AM

    CA??? Are u kidding?? It'll not solve the problem. People again have to come to Colombo to file FR actions. Giving FR jurisdiction to High courts rather than CA is a better choice like in India.

    pj Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:07 PM

    We have been watching the Human Rights Commission and the Supreme court as the centres of comedy ,and now court of Appeal also to be included in the line !!??

    rudi Thursday, 05 August 2010 11:23 AM

    I don't know what the minister is talking. The cases against SF seem to be proceeding swiftly with the AG working overtime solely on these cases. What is the use of all these when the court orders are not carried out by the government making a mokery of the system.


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