Justice Minister promises solutions to law students’ problems

... removes unnecessary CCTV cameras at Law College


By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Newly appointed Justice and Labour Relations Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe yesterday assured the law students at the Sri Lanka Law College (SLLC) that the issues raised by them would be resolved soon.

He was addressing a meeting organised by the SLLC Law Student’s Union (LSU) at the college main hall. Secretary to the Ministry of Justice Kamalini de Silva and SLLC Principal Dr. Jayatissa de Costa also participated in the discussion.

LSU President Boopathy Kahathuduwa explained the issues undergone by them including final year exam irregularities, foreign law graduates who had been asked to go through a three-year full academic programme prior to passing out as a lawyer, newly introduced law syllabus, language problems in respect of exams etc Responding to questions raised by students, Minister Rajapakshe assured them that immediate steps would be taken to allow students to answer question papers in all three languages—English, Sinhala and Tamil. He urged students to acquire English language skills to work as good lawyers.

He asked Principal Dr. Costa to take immediate action to remove unnecessary CCTV cameras at the college premises except those used for security purposes.

The Justice Minister also promised foreign law degree holders a favourable solution after discussing the matter with the Council of Legal Education (CLE).

Meanwhile, Minister Rajapkshe has appointed former Attorney General Palitha Fernando, PC, Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty V.T. Thamilmaran, Ikram Mohamed PC, Nihal Fernando PC, Anil De Silva PC and Dr. Harsha Cabral PC to the Incorporated Council of Legal Education.

He has also appointed Sugath Caldera, Attorney-at-Law to the Board of Management of the Superior Courts Complex.


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