More than 700,000 court cases transferred to 2018 from 2017

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The annual performance report of the Justice Ministry for the year 2017 which was presented to Parliament last week said 705,075 cases have been pending in the year 2017.

The report said 4,033 cases were pending in the Supreme Court, 4,932 in the Court of Appeal, 6,097 in Commercial High Courts, 5,833 in Civil Appellate Courts, 17,552 in the High Court, 190,803 in District Courts, 474,552 in Magistrate’s Courts and 1,282 in the Children’s Magistrate’s Courts were pending as of December 31, 2017.

A total of 29,783 cases that have been referred to the Legal Aid Commission were also reported as pending.

The report also revealed that 247 convicts who were sentenced to death in 2017 have been pardoned by the President during that year. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 12

  • Sanath Monday, 11 June 2018 04:20 PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

    RDF Monday, 11 June 2018 08:37 PM

    Just imagine if the surgeons postponed their cases???

    Waco Monday, 11 June 2018 04:32 PM

    My3, has brought the criminals back to the society . What a crime.How much of time the Polce has spent on these cases.

    lkboy Monday, 11 June 2018 04:33 PM

    What innefficiency!

    ANTON Monday, 11 June 2018 04:59 PM


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    Dinuk Monday, 11 June 2018 05:11 PM

    Sri Lankan Judiciary what a joke! every court system in sri lanka is the most inefficient and judges/lawyers abuse of power is like nothing i have ever seen,

    Litigant Monday, 11 June 2018 05:14 PM

    Many or almost al cases the judges merely post pone cases so that the lawyers can earn money for every sitting. Judges are lazy. They are not ready with orders. Their should be a time limit for cases. There should be a fixed fee foe cases. Shame on Justice ministry and judges

    Nalin Monday, 11 June 2018 05:36 PM

    Good news for lawyers to make money. The government should introduce Information Technology as much as it is possible to the legal system. Title registration system was a good move about two decades ago, but never materialized becuase of the objections made by the legal professionals. Poor people will suffer lot since most of the property related cases are on them. Why there are so many pardones? Why dont you administrators bring death sentence in to action? Pls make this country a good place for the younger generation.

    Dils Monday, 11 June 2018 06:01 PM

    Our courts are so inefficient.. how can a country move forward

    vithura Monday, 11 June 2018 06:08 PM

    The judicial system of the country has to be overhauled, including the introduction of barristers who are vetted for professionalism and allowed to practice in the courts. The Toms, Dicks and Harrys allowed to practice in the courts are a bunch of jokers, coming to courts unprepared and taking the innocents for a ride by living on putting off the hearing date after date. Judges too are part of this dirty game.

    Judge Monday, 11 June 2018 08:22 PM

    A property case should not take more than three sittings. Judgement should be delivered at the third sittings. Appeals should not be allowed if the judgement is very clear.

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