Govt. to amend contempt of court laws soon


by Saman Indrajith 

Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem yesterday told Parliament that the government had found that the existing laws dealing with contempt of court needed to be amended and plans were underway to present new regulations in Parliament soon.

Minister Hakeem said that new regulations dealing with contempt of court were being drafted and when they were completed they would be presented to the Cabinet of ministers for their approval. "Once these regulations get the approval of the Cabinet, it will be presented to Parliament," the minister said.

He was responding to a query raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayke, who moved a private member’s motion seeking new laws to regulate Contempt of Court Proceedings.

Karunanayake demanded that the government set up a Parliamentary Select Committee to make new laws with regard to contempt of court proceedings.

He said that new laws should be made to regulate contempt of court proceedings to strengthen democracy and to maintain a vibrant free media ensuring equal justice to all.

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