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Judicial Service Association convenes special meeting to address criticism

June 30, Colombo (LNW): The Judicial Service Association of Sri Lanka (JSASL), representing all District Court Judges and Magistrates, will hold a Special General Meeting today (30) to address undue criticism directed at the judicial system.

This gathering in Colombo aims to discuss the adverse effects of malicious remarks on judicial decisions and judges, prompted by member requests.

The meeting follows recent speeches by the Minister of Justice and other MPs on 19 June 2024 during a parliamentary debate.

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has formally asked the Speaker to summon key JSASL officials to the Powers and Privileges Committee of Parliament, alleging a JSASL statement infringed on his parliamentary privileges.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) stated that MPs should not interfere with the judiciary’s functions under Parliamentary Privileges.

Similarly, the Lawyers’ Collective insisted that allegations against the judiciary should be made through formal complaints, not parliamentary statements under privilege.

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