Impeachment

Jan 10, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to go ahead with the impeachment of chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake amid protests from lawyers as well as opposition parties after courts ruled that a parliamentary probe and its findings were illegal. The chief justice had petitioned court saying she was denied due process. Courts had also ruled that the procedure of a parliamentary committee set up by standing order was not a lawful tribunal.

At least one opposition party has indicated that it will boycott the proceedings, where a vote is due to be taken on Friday following two days of debate.

Sri Lanka’s main lawyers association asked members to stay away from work during the two days.

“The Bar Association of Sri Lanka further urges the President of the Republic, Hon. Speaker and the leaders of all political parties representing the Parliament to honour and respect the determination of the Supreme Court, which in terms of the Constitution of our country is vested with the sole and the exclusive jurisdiction as regards to Constitutional Interpretation and Determinations,” the BASL said in a statement.

“The Bar Association of Sri Lanka is seriously concerned about the negative and eroding impact that any action of the legislative an