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New Justice Minister Ali Sabry promising court reforms to reduce delays

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ECONOMYNEXT- Newly minted Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Sabry is promising major reforms in the Courts system because he has seen the suffering people go through in matters related to the judiciary in his 25-year career as a lawyer.

In a speech delivered yesterday at an event in Colombo, he indicated that tackling delays in resolving cases was one of his priorities.

He pointed out that land cases, for instance, take at least 20-25 years to get settled in the courts.

“In a case regarding the custody of a 10-year-old child, it will take 10-15 years to get it settled in courts. By that time the child has grown and changed, sometimes the future of the child would have been destroyed by it,” he said.

The Minister said that the challenges they have to overcome are huge and said that they are not just challenges found in slogans.

He said that every 2 hours a child is being abused if heroin is found then it would disappear and everyone saw how narcotic bureau officers are being accused of dealing.

In order to overcome those challenges, he said that the President asked him to accept this position as he knew the shortcomings in this judiciary system as he was a person in the field and that the President would give his fullest cooperation to him.

“We will never do anything against the constitution or people of this country, if something is to happen then it will only strengthen them,” he said

Further, the minister said that based on a complex survey which was conducted among the institutions in the country it was found that the Court’s Registrar office was among the most corrupt. (Colombo/Aug18/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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