Sri Lanka to introduce new law on contempt of court

As the offense of contempt of court has not been defined in Sri Lanka, there is no clear and uniform procedure for hearing and adjudicating such cases.

As a result, it is difficult to identify the limits of interference in the justice process and the limits on the right to freedom of expression.

It seems appropriate to reconsider this rule when considering cases related to contempt of court, which has been severely criticized recently.

The Law Commission of Sri Lanka has studied the matter and prepared preliminary drafts with a view to introducing appropriate laws.

Accordingly, the cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft a Bill, to enact a new law based on the preliminary draft above.

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