Women Lawyers’ Assoc too condemns criminal proceedings against ex-CJ, and Court of Appeal Justice



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Sri Lanka Women Lawyers’ Association (SLWLA) has condemned the criminal proceedings filed against former Chief Justice Mohan Pieris PC and judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice A. H. M. D. Nawaz in respect of an opinion tendered by them on Dec 10, 2010 in their then positions, respectfully of Attorney General and Deputy Solicitor General.


A press release signed by SLWLA President Sandhya Thalduwa and Secretary Ruchira Gunasekera said their association had unanimously resolved to associate itself with the Bar Association of Sri Lanka in expressing its serious concern regarding the criminal proceedings filed against Mohan Pieris PC the former Chief Justice and judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice A. H. M. D. Nawaz in respect of an opinion tendered by them on Dec 10, 2010 in their then positions, respectfully of Attorney General and Deputy Solicitor General.


"SLWLA is firmly of the view that the independence of the judiciary, the promotion and protection of Rule of Law, the independence of the members of the Bar is seriously undermined by this incursion by the authorities which is tantamount to exercising supervisory oversight over the office of the Attorney General. It also compromises a well established rule of professional privilege and immunity that legal practitioners have enjoyed from time immemorial.


"We cannot emphasize more the need to protect the high office of the Attorney General who in his quasi judicial role inter-alia as public defender has enjoyed the independence of his office without any supervisory oversight by the Executive or its Agents.


"We therefore vehemently condemn the decision by the authorities in filing the said proceedings and would respectfully move the proceedings be abated forthwith having regard to the greater good of our legal system."


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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