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Judges must be with impeccable integrity & unimpeachable independence: AG


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While saying that the credibility of a judicial system in a country depends on the Judges who man it, Attorney General Dappula De Livera said judges must be persons of impeccable integrity and unimpeachable independence. 

He expressed these views while addressing the gathering at the Ceremonial Sitting of the Supreme Court today.

“The Judges in the exercise of judicial functions should be immune from outside control and influence and intimidation. That independence is also necessary from the other branches of government and from private and partisan interest,” he underlined.

“Judges should be above suspicion and should not leave even a glimpse for that suspicion to occur. A Judge must discharge his judicial functions with high integrity, impartially and intellectual honesty. The law would be like a ball of clay in the hands of an erudite Judge. Therefore, Judges should be ruthlessly honest, independent, and impartial and possess a judicial conscience to ensure that the ball of clay is moulded according to law,” the Attorney General pointed out.   

He proceeded to say that the maintenance of the independence of Judges and of the quality of the administration of justice would largely depend on the Judges themselves and the state of public opinion of the country, which demands their independence and impartially. 

Meanwhile, he said the sovereignty is in the people and is alienable and that sovereignty of the people is exercised by the judiciary in the public trust.  

“The independence and the integrity of the judiciary ought to be preserved for justice and the rule of law to prevail in a society. A judiciary should not only be independent but appear to be independent in order to gain the confidant of the people,” he said.

 “The independence and impartially of the judiciary is essential for a democratic system of government to function under the Rule of Law,” Attorney General added.


  Comments - 21

  • Dee Wednesday, 20 January 2021 03:54 PM

    Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah! (Hope this won't be taken as a remark against court)

    Andare Wednesday, 20 January 2021 03:56 PM

    Pillayan must be laughing.

    Suranjith Hannadige Wednesday, 20 January 2021 07:00 PM

    Me too laughing

    Gunapala Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:15 PM

    Why are the judgements all favoring one party then?

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:32 PM

    Is our learned Attorney General seconding what Ranjan, a man who has what it talks, had to say about all Judges.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:43 PM

    What about the Attorney General? The same qualities are necessary. Let de Livera look deep into his conscience and see whether he meets these requirements.

    Chris Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:53 PM

    Is he talking about Sri Lanka?

    Sokrates Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:22 PM

    In Germany every judgment of a judge begins with the words: "The following judgment is issued in the name of the people". That cannot be said of the judgments of judges in Sri Lanka.

    Michael Ranasinghe Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:31 PM

    When you say they must be with impeccable integrity are you implying that they are not ? Well Ranjan said something similar and he was thrown behind bars

    prabath uduwella Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:32 PM

    How about you Mr.??

    Daily Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:43 PM

    Judges should be impeached, not now after 5 years of service and you be the impeached too. Not now ! Time will come , keep in mind !

    Chris Wednesday, 20 January 2021 07:05 PM

    Same applies to AG

    Ahamed Wednesday, 20 January 2021 08:21 PM

    he is talking the theory?

    Anura Hettiarachchi Wednesday, 20 January 2021 09:14 PM

    Readers - Please do not get mixed up. Listen carefully! He says "must be....", not what they (most) are at present. That's why he is reminding.

    FF Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:36 PM


    Anthony. R Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:21 AM

    Isn't it What Ranjan said,but in a simple way for anyone to understand, and is in remand prison now,Wonder if One Country, One Law is applicable to the AG??.also.

    franklyn fernandez Thursday, 21 January 2021 03:16 AM

    First of all you start practicing what you preach. Don't you realize that you have let out murders/ mass scale robbers and put behind bars the honest and the hard working??

    Carlo Veera Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:39 AM

    "Judges must be with impeccable integrity ". Are there such Homo sapiens?

    Demuni Uduwara Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:55 AM

    Udayanga weeratunga is not relative to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Pararajasingham has committed suicide.

    Demuni Uduwara Thursday, 21 January 2021 05:56 AM

    Chief Justice elect ?

    Tarantula Thursday, 21 January 2021 06:36 AM

    You talking to yourself in the mirror?

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