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Law reforms for system change: SJB Lawyers Federation to Propose 117 Reforms

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Colombo, Feb 9 (Daily Mirror) - The SJB Lawyers Federation has announced its intention to present 117 proposals for substantial legal reforms aimed at bringing about a systemic change and introducing rationality to governance.

President of the SJB Lawyers Federation, President's Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, informed the media that the proposed laws would focus on family politics, suggesting that siblings of politicians should not enter politics until a cooling-off period after those already holding political office retire.

Jayasuriya emphasized that family members would be prohibited from entering into any government contracts while an immediate family member holds a political office.

The President of the SJB Lawyers’ Federation also announced plans to withdraw the draconian Online Safety Bill and introduce a new bill under the SJB government to safeguard the rights of women and children online.

"These 117 proposals aim to bring rationality to governance. We cannot allow the protection of wrongdoers when they come to power. It is crucial to safeguard the judiciary and appoint honest judges to such positions," Jayasuriya added.

He stressed the significant responsibility of lawyers and media personnel in facilitating this systemic change.

"We cannot permit the misuse of state resources by public servants and politicians. Our proposal suggests that, from the President downwards, there should be only one official vehicle provided," he said.
SJB Lawyers Federation Secretary Attorney-at-law Sudath Wickramaratne and National Organizer Attorney-at-law Kamal Wijesiri also addressed the press conference in Colombo, providing insights into the legal framework for system change scheduled for launch on February 11. 

The launch event will be held under the patronage of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, with the participation of President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association Peter Maynard, President of LAWASIA Shyam Divan, and President of the Bar Association of India Prashant Kumar.


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  • Amaran Friday, 09 February 2024 02:07 PM

    Nepotism had destroyed our beautiful country.

    Other Action Plans Needed Friday, 09 February 2024 02:25 PM

    Keep up the momentum and SJB might gain a foothold again. Your recent candidate selections, protest failures, in fighting etc has made SJB a laughing stock. Come up with an action plan

    Sivalingam Friday, 09 February 2024 02:29 PM

    Start with the illegal occupation of JAAL spa in Colombo 7 by Jalani Premadasa.

    tc Friday, 09 February 2024 05:07 PM

    You are a blooming idiot!!!

    Kumara Choksanada Friday, 09 February 2024 02:30 PM

    There should be law against offspring of political leeches further leeching the public.

    Action Plan on Justice too Friday, 09 February 2024 02:31 PM

    Any action plan to bring to justice all corruption, murders, looting etc ? Keep up the momentum and SJB might gain a foothold again. Your recent selections, protest failures, in fighting etc has made SJB a laughing stock. Come up with an action plan

    Kandiah Balendran Friday, 09 February 2024 02:33 PM

    SJB leaders is using many super luxury vehicles at tax payers expense. Ask him to lead by example and reduce his current annual budget of 232 million of public money.

    Perks as Opposition very High Friday, 09 February 2024 07:58 PM

    Exactly. It’s better to stay in opposition as the perks seems sufficient to lead a lavish lifestyle. No need to plan for the people

    Sokrates Friday, 09 February 2024 02:45 PM

    The fact that there must be new laws is undoubtedly important. However, this appearance here is pure election propaganda. There should be completely new laws in all areas (criminal laws, civil laws, financial laws, procedural rules). This would mean that all colonial laws would finally be abolished. The laws should be based on EU laws and be drawn up by legal scholars (Sri Lankans and Europeans), not lawyers. The current law is completely confusing and outdated. New laws and annexes are constantly being issued, but old ones to the contrary are not deleted. The current law is a mix of colonial, dictatorial, outdated, superfluous, human rights violating, racist and unjust laws.

    Gabriella Friday, 09 February 2024 04:07 PM

    OMG ! SJB is a party of misfits. At his morally and ethically worst; Ranil is still a quantum leap better than Premadasa.

    Gabriella Friday, 09 February 2024 04:07 PM

    OMG ! SJB is a party of misfits. At his morally and ethically worst; Ranil is still a quantum leap better than Premadasa.

    Eper Friday, 09 February 2024 04:54 PM

    All dollars lifted from the central bank by politicians in February 2020 should be brought back and all the culprits should be imprisoned

    Kumar Soysa Friday, 09 February 2024 05:49 PM

    How about a law that requires cases to be EXPEDITED?

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 09 February 2024 08:54 PM

    First reform should be prohibition of passing the political leadership based on family power. Example both Sajith and Namal should be disqualified from leading the party based on their father's previous power.

    Apey Urumaya Saturday, 10 February 2024 02:41 AM

    Under JRJ era his nephew RW became a deputy minister and a cabinet minister in double quick time. Where were you then? Remember the post independence era or the Uncle Nephew cabinets?

    Gh Saturday, 10 February 2024 05:23 PM

    @appy urumeeya ; Immediate family only. Otherwise no one will be able to get in to politics if one consider all the relationships.

    Sumal Saturday, 10 February 2024 08:13 AM

    Good move. What about withdrawing the unethical APIT of private sector employees?

    Pro Sl Saturday, 10 February 2024 09:54 AM

    Dear SJBers let your SP keep all these reforms to himself. He wouldn't get a chance to implement it. Whoever RW wants to take please crossover. It is good for you before what you can do to us being in SJB. Wastage of time holding on to his REDDA.


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