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Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Amnesty International India (AII) [advocacy website] said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi [official websites] should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, focusing … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive], calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena [official website], are now "null … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Sri Lanka must continue to work to improve its human rights record, according to an oral report [text, DOC] by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] filed Wednesday with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. The report noted the large military presence in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Sri Lanka prosecutors on Monday brought criminal corruption charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive]. The nation's anti-graft commission accused Bandaranayake of allegedly failing to disclose empty bank accounts during a required declaration of assets while she was in office. If found guilty, in accordance with … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 110-33 [press release] in favor of legislation extending the detention time for suspects arrested by police from 24 to 48 hours. Under the newly-amended law, titled, "Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill," police may detain and question a person … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Friday over the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive]. In a statement, the official criticized the actions of the lawmakers against Bandaranayake, calling … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official profile] on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile], who was removed from office [JURIST report] Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Bandaranayake after parliament voted to impeach her … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday signed an order to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile] from office for alleged corruption and bribery. The president's action comes just two days after the Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] voted [JURIST report] with an overwhelming majority to impeach the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] voted in an overwhelming majority on Friday to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile] and drafted an official motion [materials] imploring the president to remove her from office. According to the motion, the Chief Justice's actions have "plunged the entire Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Sri Lanka [official website] on Monday ordered parliament to drop the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, quashing a guilty verdict against her. This decision further fuels the dispute [AP report] between the legislature and the judiciary, and raises international concern [AFP report] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] on Thursday ruled that the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake were unlawful. The court held that the parliamentary committee does not have the authority [Reuters report] to investigate or proceed with the impeachment of a senior judge; these tasks … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Threats and attacks against judges and lawyers who fight for the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka have increased [press release] in past few months, according to UN independent expert Gabriela Knaul [official profile]. The focus of her criticism was the impeachment proceeding against Sri Lankan Chief Justice … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on Wednesday appealed the findings of a parliamentary committee which concluded she was guilty [JURIST report] of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake claims she was not given an adequate opportunity to defend herself [Colombo Page report] against the charges. She is asking the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan committee appointed to investigate the impeachment charges against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake announced Saturday that they have found her guilty of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake was found guilty [Colombo Page report] of three of the five charges against her. The first charge was related to … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] More than 300 of Sri Lanka's judges met in the capital Colombo on Monday to demand an impartial inquiry into charges against the nation's Supreme Court [official website] chief justice. The judges issued a statement [Reuters report] in which they rejected an 11-member committee appointed by Parliament Speaker Chamal … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Sri Lanka should take appropriate measures to protect the country's judiciary from threats, intimidation and physical attacks, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers urged [press release] on Wednesday. In her statement, Gabriela Knaul [official profile] noted that the situation of recent attacks on judges … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Hundreds of Sri Lankan lawyers and citizens took to the streets of Colombo on Monday to protest the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST report], the chief justice and lone woman on the country's Supreme Court. The protesters waved placards and shouted slogans calling on the government to halt to … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the government of Sri Lanka on Thursday announced that the government had begun the process of impeaching the country's chief justice. The specific charges were not revealed [AP report], but spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, confirmed that the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was approved by more … [read more]

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