Sri Lanka Bar Association condemns criticism of judges, lawyers who uphold rule of law

ECONOMYNEXT – The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has condemned the criticism of judges, prosecutors and lawyers who uphold rule of law, after a lawyer slammed judges and attorneys involved in prosecuting military officials.

“Judges and prosecutors exercise a public duty and the BASL is of the opinion that no such Judge or a prosecutor should be taken to task for conducting a prosecution or hearing a case,” the BASL said in a statement.

“Our judicial system is a well structured system and any party affected by a decision of a court could always appeal or follow the process identified by the law.

“The BASL unreservedly condemns the statements made with reference to concluded cases, pending litigation, role of Judges, role of prosecutors and the right of representation relating to litigants who are parties to court.”

The BASL said any accused also had the right to be represented by a lawyer, all of which was part of the concept of ‘rule of law’.

The condemnation came after Ajith Prasanna, a lawyer criticized judges and named judges, prosecutors and police officials involved in bringing to justice members of the military.

“The BASL requests its members to refrain from making any such references and to refrain from using the media for such purpose,” the lawyers association said.

“We request our members to act within the ethical standards of the profession and preserve and protect the dignity of the profession.

“If any such conduct continues the BASL will not be hesitant to refer such matter for appropriate action.”