The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) the pioneering body comprising all lawyers in the country expressed its surprise over the incident where the Galle High Court Judge had filed a case against former Solicitor General and President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne after his phone started ringing inside the court house.
Bar head, Geoffrey Alegaratnam PC told the Daily Mirror, that it was unusual and surprising the way how the senior criminal lawyer had been charged. “It is a very surprising order on the part of the High Court judge. We are considering this incident in details and contemplating on the incident,” Mr Alegaratnam the head of the unofficial bar said.
“We have a certain courtesy between the bar and the judicial officers. This is not a deliberate act on the part of Mr. Arsacularatne and he had not done it intentionally to insult court,” the head of the Bar stated. He said it was a mistake and had happened accidentally.
“The principles of justice should be looked at in a humane manner,”
However Mr. Alegaratnam said it had happened as a result of a judicial order and the Bar was considering about the incident in detail.
Meanwhile senior criminal lawyer Mr. Arsecularatne said he did not plead guilty to the charge and he had informed the BASL, the recognized professional body for lawyers about the incident.
“I did not do it deliberately and as soon as I realized that it was my phone I switched it off,” Mr. Arsecularatne said. He said that similar incidents take place accidentally even in the Supreme Court where the chief Justice presides over and also in the Appeal Court but Justices would treat such incident in a humane manner. (Susitha R. Fernando)
When it happens to lawyers, it is a mistake and no offence. But for a normal citizen it is a grave offence . What a joke
mohan Tuesday, 01 December 2015 12:55 AM
Law same for every one, senior lawyer should be more responsible,
Kasun Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:13 AM
When some one yawned in court, he was sentenced to 8 months in prison, when a lawyer is at fault, it has to be looked at a humane manner !
ANTON Tuesday, 01 December 2015 07:44 AM
VISEN VISA NASEY.........
Sisira Bandara Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:01 AM
Very correct. All are equal before the law. BASL should be impartial and go by the rules. There is no plea whether it was intentional or not. He has definitely insulted the court. My hats off to the brave judge
Prem Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:22 AM
Where was Bar Association when innocent ,ignorent people were punished.they were advising their glients to plead guilty.
dessy Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:05 AM
This is why our Country is not moving forward. Different laws to different kinds of people. In other developed countries law is equal to everyone.
Leo Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:31 AM
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onlooker Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:29 AM
The BASL is not the law of the country.
de silva Tuesday, 01 December 2015 11:41 AM
There was a case some years ago a person had smoked a cigaratte outside attanagalla courts and was charged as the magistrate had seen it. So this matter is more serious than that
Packeer Tuesday, 01 December 2015 05:08 PM
The senior lawyer must be punished twice as ordinary man.
Mason Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:30 PM
Do the lawyers treat clients with humanity. They screw every one. Let this lawyer too be screwed.
Giabao Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:19 PM
thank god he did not have a yawning sound ring tone.
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