Lawyers tell President: Marriage stamp fee too high for rural folk


A group of lawyers, led by President’s Counsel Thirantha Walaliyadda, met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees on Thursday and explained that the rural folk have been highly inconvenienced after the fee for registration of marriages was increased to Rs 5,000.

"Both, the public and lawyers, have been thoroughly inconvenienced by having been made to pay exorbitant fees to obtain extracts and copies of deeds for the purpose of registration of lands," the lawyers had told the President.

Walaliyadda urged the President to verify what amendments needed to be effected to the proposed Act on land registration and if a constitutional amendment was envisaged to consult the lawyers before moving further.

Chief of Staff to the President, Gamini Senarath, President’s Counsels Razik Zarook, Chairman Bank of Ceylon, W. Dayaratne and Attorney-at-law Sepala Ekanayake participated in the discussion.

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