UK Bar Council brings resolution supporting Sri Lanka lawyers and judiciary

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London: The UK Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has brought a resolution at its full meeting to support the right of Sri Lankan judges and lawyers to adjudicate and practise law freely, fairly and independently.

The resolution was brought following the impeachment of former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayke.

The Chairman of the Bar, Maura McGowan QC, has said that the Bar Council of England and Wales is extremely concerned about the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake, which is believed to constitute a grave threat to the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka and to the Rule of Law.

“The Bar Council condemns this action and seeks to offer its vocal support for judges and lawyers across Sri Lanka,” the Bar Council said Tuesday in a release.

“The Rule of Law is essential to any functioning and democratic society, to ensure that its most vulnerable can enjoy effective access to justice,” The statement added.