AG calls for rescheduling HC proceedings fixed for April 2nd & 3rd

AG calls for rescheduling HC proceedings fixed for April 2nd & 3rd

April 1, 2020   05:06 pm

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Attorney General Dappula de Livera has requested the Chief Justice to consider the cancellation of proceedings in the High Court fixed for the next two curfew days – 2nd and 3rd of April.

This request was made taking into account the seriousness of the local COVID-19 outbreak, the Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General said.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Justice today (01), the Attorney General stated that it is “most undesirable” to expose officials of the court, lawyers and state counsels, police officers and judges to appear in court proceedings which are scheduled to take place to consider High Courts applications despite the government’s health warnings and repeated medical advice on social distancing.

Lawyers have filed motions for taking up more than 100 bail applications, which mostly pertain to serious drug cases, falling outside the decision of the committee appointed by the President, the letter read.

The Attorney General has accordingly urged the Chief Justice to consider cancelling the sittings of the Colombo High Court and other High Courts scheduled for April 2 & 3 and reschedule the proceedings when “the environment is conducive.”

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