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Fifteen Judges per one million people in Sri Lanka: Justice Minister

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There are only 15 Judges per one million people in Sri Lanka and the whole country has only 378 Judges to handle ongoing court cases, addressing a seminar on importance of protecting victims and witness today, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said. 

The Minister said in developed countries there are 200 Judges per one million people and in the middle income countries, it is 65-70 Judges per one million people.

"This is a serious matter in our current legal system and during my tenure I am hoping to double the number of Judges in the Judicial system," he said. 

He also said that in the current legal system, it takes a longer period to conclude a case and initially to end a trial at High Court, it takes 10 years. 

"I'm not going to address the technical facts pertaining to the Act on protection of victims of crime and witnesses, but I must say there is  lesser investment in the Judicial system," he said. 

Minister Sabry said there were nearly 5000 cases at District Courts which have been  spanning for over 20 years without any conclusion. 

"We have not infiltrated technology and outdated laws which are the causes of these issues at the current legal system," he said.(Yoshitha Perera)

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  • RoarningCreek Wednesday, 17 March 2021 02:30 PM

    Too many as no justice is melted out.

    Jayantha Wednesday, 17 March 2021 02:35 PM

    Why don't you inquire why these Judges collaborate with Attorneys to drag Partition cases for decades without giving an early verdict

    Kumar, Lawyer Wednesday, 17 March 2021 02:47 PM

    It is not the number of Judges but the quality that is more important. The top Lawyers in any country do not want to be Judges or Magistrates so this results in average and below average Lawyers getting into Judiciary. This culture has to change, bright Lawyers should be given extra incentives with fixed year contracts to join the Judiciary.

    ranjit Wednesday, 17 March 2021 03:01 PM

    it is not the quantity but the quality is important.

    Colvin R De Silva, Q.C. Wednesday, 17 March 2021 03:20 PM

    Ratio should be ideally 40 per every million. Cases could end quickly.

    Milhan Wednesday, 17 March 2021 04:31 PM

    find a way to reduce the cases, than increasing the judges...

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 17 March 2021 05:00 PM

    Point taken. However, we have jumbo cabinet and in addition political appointees. Do they serve the country ??

    ram Wednesday, 17 March 2021 05:40 PM

    but for politicians judges are 1 for 10. specially for opposition person cases are taken immediately. to ruling party persons cases are taken within our to dismiss and or to give bailout.

    citizen Wednesday, 17 March 2021 06:18 PM

    very important statement, this topic was never touched by the politicians as they know and want to keep law and order at low level so can do anything without being punished

    vithura Wednesday, 17 March 2021 10:33 PM

    Who needs the courts and the judges when there is no justice?

    Johan Wednesday, 17 March 2021 11:11 PM

    First most of the criminals should be delivered and sent home


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