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Statement By The Bar Association Of Sri Lanka

Sep 11, 2010 2:40:51 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution was rushed through without much debate or consideration as it was proposed as an “Urgent Bill.”  An Urgent Bill requires the Supreme Court to make its determination on whether a certain bill contravenes the provisions of the constitution within 24 hours or such longer period not exceeding three days as the President may specify.
Such a short period of time hinders the opportunity for debates and arguments for and against such an amendment to surface, which is essential when considering a constitutional amendment of national importance.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has been advocating for the government to give due consideration for such constitutional amendment hence preventing them from being proposed as ‘Urgent Bills.’ We reproduce in full a statement made by the President of the Bar association, Shibly Aziz.