Friday, June 3, 2016

Proposal to scrap Sri Lanka parliament powers to remove judges

ECONOMYNEXT – The authority presently given to Sri Lanka’s Parliament to remove Judges of the Superior Courts should be done away with, according to recommendations of the Committee of Public Representations on Constitutional Reforms.

The committee, headed by Attorney Lal Wijenayake and appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms presented their report to the Speaker of Parliament.

It said it got submissions that a Judge of the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal should be removed only on the grounds of proved misconduct or impropriety.

“The authority presently given to Parliament with regard to the removal of Judges of the uperior Courts should be done away with,” the report said. 

“The President should be empowered to remove a Judge of the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal only upon receiving a determination by the Constitutional Council that a Judge of the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal should be removed on the grounds of proved misconduct or impropriety or on the ground of proved mental or physical incapacity to function.”

The Committee of Public Representations on Constitutional Reforms recommended that no Judge of the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal should be removed from office except upon an order of the President.

The President should not make any such order unless the removal of that Judge from office has been recommended by the Constitutional Council on the ground of proved misconduct or impropriety or on the ground of proved mental or physical incapacity to function, the report said.

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