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Judicature debate put off

The debate on Judicature (Amendment) Bill scheduled for yesterday was postponed pending amendments in accordance with the inconsistencies pointed out by the Supreme Court.


Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella informed the House that the debate on the Judicature (Amendment) Bill could not be held until necessary amendments were made.


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya last Tuesday informed Parliament that the Supreme Court had determined that three Sections of Judicature (Amendment) Bill were inconsistent with the Constitution and needed a two- thirds majority to become law.


The Supreme Court has determined that Section 12A (10) of the Bill is inconsistent with the Article 154P (3) (a) of the Constitution and an amendment is required to be made to the Constitution to give effect to the Section 12A (1) of the Bill. This requires the Bill to be passed by a two-thirds majority. However, if the jurisdiction is conferred on the High Court Provinces under Article 154(P) (3) (C) like in Act No 10 of 1996 and Act No 54 of 2006 this amending section will cease to be inconsistent.

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