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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA


NOTICE


Pending Applications / Appeals requiring urgent consideration and filing of fresh Applications



Due to the compelling need to adhere to Guidelines issued by the health authorities relating to ongoing public health emergency associated with the COVID19 pandemic, sittings of the Supreme Court, until further notice, will be conducted in the manner more fully described hereinafter. As only a minimum number of staff are permitted to report for work, functioning of the Registry is restricted. Health authorities have strictly advised to severely restrict the interaction with ‘outsiders’.  Therefore, with effect from 23 November 2020 until further notice, the Supreme Court will take up for consideration only the Applications and Appeals that require urgent consideration.

Further, as an interim measure, to facilitate hearing of urgent matters, the following scheme will be enforced with immediate effect.  

MATTERS THAT ARE ALREADY PENDING BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT


1.    If in the opinion of any Attorney-at-Law that a particular Application / Appeal in respect of which he has been retained to appear, requires urgent consideration by the Supreme Court, such Attorney-at-Law / the relevant registered Attorney shall file a Motion addressed to His Lordship the Chief Justice, stating reasons for the need for urgent consideration of such Application / Appeal by the Supreme Court. The Motion should state up to three dates convenient to Counsel for the hearing. Should there be an Attorney-at-Law on record for the opposing party/parties, a copy of the Motion shall simultaneously be forwarded to such Attorney-at-Law. The Motion should be forwarded via email, addressed to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The number of the Application / Appeal should be included in the ‘subject line’ of the email. The relevant Attorney-at-Law may after 24 hours contact the Registry either via email or telephone, and ascertain the decision taken with regard to the afore-stated Motion.

2.    All other matters that are already listed, will be rescheduled and the fresh mention dates of such matters will be notified by the Registrar by way of  notices  published in the Supreme Court  web site.

NEW APPLICATIONS/APPEALS THAT REQUIRE URGENT ATTENTION


3.    Until further notice, fresh Applications / Appeals which require urgent attention, should be forwarded to the Registry for filing only via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Such email should contain a covering Motion stating reasons for the need for urgent consideration of the relevant Application / Appeal by the Supreme Court, the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single A4 size pages, PDF file. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should be continued through the affidavit to the attachments. The page number should appear on the bottom centre of each page. The attachments should be labelled on the top right hand corner with the relevant reference which appears in the Petition. Once the documents are received by the Registry, the Registry upon processing the same will inform the relevant Attorney-at-Law the number assigned to such Application and filing charges, which will include the fee for the preparation of the briefs in hard copies. Once the fee is notified, it should be paid by depositing the amount so notified to Account No. 007041537 (Account Holder - Registrar of the Supreme Court) maintained at the Hulftsdorp Branch of the Bank of Ceylon. A scanned copy of the deposit slip should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.

4.    Upon receiving confirmation of payment of the filing charges, the Registry will take steps to forward the Application to a Honourable Justice nominated by His Lordship the Chief Justice to decide on listing the Application for hearing. Following a date being given for the initial hearing of the Application, such date will be communicated to the relevant Attorney-at-Law by the Registry via email.

NEW APPLICATIONS / APPEALS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE URGENT ATTENTION

5.    Till further notice, fresh applications which do not require urgent attention may be forwarded to the Registry for filing via e mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the provisions set out  in paragraphs 3 and 4 hereinbefore, mutatis mutandis would be applicable to such filings.

VISITS TO THE  REGISTRY AND OPEN COURT HEARINGS

6.    Attorneys-at-Law are requested not to visit the Registry till further notice. Any inquiry may be made via telephone or email.

7.    Litigants will not be permitted to enter the Superior Courts Complex, unless permission has been obtained from the relevant presiding justice.

8.    All Attorneys-at-Law are requested to fully adhere to health guidelines issued by health authorities relating to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and in particular the Guidelines issued relating to “Courts”.

9.     Attorneys-at-Law are requested to enter court-rooms only when it is reasonably likely that the respective Application / Appeal is about to be taken up.

10.    Senior counsel are requested to have only have one junior counsel inside Court when his matter is taken up. If the presence of more than one junior counsel is required, the senior counsel concerned shall obtain the permission of the presiding justice.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Registrar
Supreme Court
20th November, 2020

 

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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases and Listing of Urgent Matters

 

 

With reference to the Press Release bearing No 433/2020 issued at 21.45 on 14.11.2020, Press Release bearing No 434/2020 issued at 9.30 on 15.11.2020 and the  amended Press Release bearing No 434/2020 dated 15/11/2020 (at 9.30 AM) of the Department of Government Information and subsequent clarifications obtained from the relevant authorities, only a minimum number of staff will report to work to attend to the urgent administration work at the Registry.

 

1. All the cases that were scheduled to be taken up from 12th to 20th November 2020 will be Mentioned on dates as shown in the following table, and re-fixed. Registered Attorneys and junior counsel are advised to have convenient dates of counsel ready.

 

 

Previously Scheduled Date

Rescheduled Date

1

12th,13th & 16th November 2020

17th December 2020

2

17th,18th,19th & 20th November 2020

18th December 2020

 

 

2. Applications bearing Nos. SC FR 163/19, SC FR 165/19,SC FR 166/19, SC FR 184/19,SC FR 188/19,SC FR 191/19,SC FR 193/19, SC FR 195/19,SC FR 196/19,SC FR 197/19,SC FR 198/19 & SC FR 293/19 will be Mentioned on 11th December 2020.

 

3. If there are any matters that warrants a hearing on urgent basis, a Motion containing an application to such effect and setting out such grounds indicating 3 preferred dates may be sent to the E-mail address and / or the fax number given below, with notice of such motion to the registered Attorney of the other party (parties).

 

4. Registry will take steps to process and forward such applications together with case records to Hon Justices subject to the availability of staff and the decision on the hearing of such matters will be communicated to the Registered attorney or the applicant, as the case may be.

 

5. Litigants will not be permitted to enter the Superior Courts Complex, unless permission has been obtained from the relevant presiding justice.

 

6. All Attorneys-at-Law are requested to fully adhere to health guidelines issued by health authorities relating to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

 

7.  Attorneys-at-Law are requested to enter court-rooms only when it is reasonably likely that the respective application / appeal is about to be taken up.

 

Email address         – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fax number             - 0112323688

 

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

 

Registrar

Supreme Court

15th November, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases



As the police station area of Keselwatta where the Supreme Court is situated is now declared as an ISOLATED AREA, cases that are listed for 9th to 11th November 2020 will be Mentioned on 16th December 2020 and re-fixed. Registered Attorneys and junior counsel are advised to have convenient dates of counsel ready.

Arrangements on rescheduling of cases that are listed for 12th and 13th November 2020 will be notified in due course.





On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar
Supreme Court

8th November, 2020



 

 

 

 

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

 

NOTICE

 

Sittings of the Supreme Court and functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court during the period 9th to 13th November 2020

 

 

1. The scheme contained herein will come into operation with effect from 9th November 2020, if curfew is not in operation in the police station area of Keselwatta where the Supreme Court is situated.

 

2. Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing on 9th, 10th and 11th of November 2020. The honourable presiding justice will decide whether or not a particular matter needs to be taken up in open court. If there are any urgent matters among already scheduled applications / appeals which should be taken up in open court, a Motion containing an application to such effect may be filed ideally before the scheduled date or if that is not possible, before 9.30 am on the relevant day, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the other party (parties). The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding justice and a decision will be taken thereon.

 

3. Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 10.30 am.

 

4. From 12th November onwards, all scheduled cases will be called in open courts.

 

5. Litigants will not be permitted to enter the Superior Courts Complex, unless permission has been obtained from the relevant presiding justice.

 

6. All Attorneys-at-Law are requested to fully adhere to health guidelines issued by health authorities relating to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

 

7.  Attorneys-at-Law are requested to enter court rooms only when it is reasonably likely that their respective application / appeal is about to be taken up.

 

8. All the cases that were scheduled to be taken up from 26th October 2020 to 6th November 2020 will be Mentioned on dates as shown in the following table, and re-fixed. Registered Attorneys and junior counsel are advised to have convenient dates of counsel ready.

 

Previous dates

Rescheduled date

1

26th, 27th & 28th October 2020

24th November 2020

2

29th October, 2nd & 3rd November 2020

1st December 2020

3

4th, 5th & 6th November 2020

8th December 2020

 

9. Applications bearing Nos. SC FR 163/19, SC FR 165/19,SC FR 166/19, SC FR 184/19,SC FR 188/19,SC FR 191/19,SC FR 193/19, SC FR 195/19,SC FR 196/19,SC FR 197/19,SC FR 198/19 & SC FR 293/19 will be Mentioned on 17th November 2020.

 

10.The Registry will re-commence functioning subject to the availability of staff and it will be

possible to file fresh applications / appeals from 9th November 2020.

 

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

 

Registrar

Supreme Court

6th November, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

The Notice


Reschedule of Cases

All the cases that are scheduled to be taken up on the dates where curfew is imposed will be rescheduled and the new dates will be notified later.



Registrar,
Supreme Court
25th October 2020

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANAKA

Notice

Pre-Hearing and listing of cases

As per directions of His Lordship the Chief Justice, with effect from 19th October 2020, the following modifications to listing of cases will come into effect.

1.   Matters to be Mentioned - On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a single Judge of the Supreme Court will sit in Court Room No. 404. All matters to be mentioned will come up in the said court for appropriate orders. Henceforth, all matters to be mentioned will be fixed for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

2.    Pre-hearings - All (i) Hearing / Argument matters, (ii) matters for consideration of the granting of Special Leave to Appeal and Leave to Appeal and matters for the consideration of granting of Leave, and (iii) Inquiry matters fixed for the following Monday and Tuesday will be Mentioned in court room No. 404 on the preceding Monday, in order to ascertain whether Counsel are ready to participate in the hearing / argument and whether necessary preliminaries such as the filing of Written Submissions have taken place. Applications if any for substitution of parties, amendments to the caption and re-fixing of the Hearing / Argument date, should be made on this occasion. Similarly, hearing / argument matters fixed for the following Wednesday will be mentioned in the said court room on the preceding Tuesday. Also, hearing / argument matters fixed for the following Thursday and Friday will be mentioned in the said court room on the preceding Wednesday for the reason stated herein.
Examples:
(i)    Cases fixed for argument on 26th & 27th October, will come up for Pre-hearing on Monday, 19th October.
(ii)    Cases fixed for argument on 28th October, will come up for Pre-hearing on Tuesday, 20th October.
(iii)    Cases fixed for argument 29th October, will come up for Pre-hearing on Wednesday, 21st October 2020.
(iv)    Cases fixed for argument on 5th and 6th November, will come up for Pre-hearing on Wednesday, 28th October.


3.    Dates in argument and support matters which are marked “ready” after the pre-hearing will remain as scheduled and such matters will be listed accordingly.

4.    Argument and support matters which are marked “not ready” after the pre-hearing will be rescheduled by the pre-hearing Judge either to be mentioned or for support/argument depending on the status of each such matter.


On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar,
Supreme Court
12th October 2020.

 

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THE NOTICE

Supreme Court will not function on   5th and 6th August 2020 as the Supreme Court staff will be engaged in Parliamentary Election duty. The cases that are listed for 5th and 6th August 2020 will be listed as to be mentioned matters on 07th August at 2.00 P.M.



N.B.   As these matters are due to be mentioned for purpose of re-fixing, Counsel/Attorneys-at-Law are requested to be ready with agreed dates convenient to them.





PRADEEP MAHAMUTHUGALA.
Add. Magistrate/ Registrar of the Supreme Court
31st July 2020.

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA


Reschedule of Cases (4/6/2020)

As the Court will not function on 4th June 2020 due to the Island wide Curfew, the cases that are listed for 4th June 2020 will be relisted as given below.

1.    All the cases which were originally scheduled on the 1st April 2020 will be mentioned on 18th June 2020.

2.    The rest of the cases (the cases that were originally scheduled for 4th June 2020) will be mentioned on 23rd June 2020.



N.B. As these matters are due to be mentioned for purpose of refixing, Counsel/Attorneys-at-Law are requested to be ready with agreed dates convenient to them.


Registrar,
Supreme Court
29th May 2020.

 

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

Reschedule of Cases
All the cases that were scheduled to be taken up from 23rd March 2020 to 6th May 2020 will be mentioned on dates as shown in the table.

Previous date    New “To Be Mentioned” date
1.        23/3/2020    29/5/2020
2.        24/3/2020    30/5/2020
3.        25/3/2020    30/5/2020
4.        26/3/2020    30/5/2020
5.        27/3/2020    30/5/2020
6.        30/3/2020    30/5/2020
7.        31/3/2020    30/5/2020
8.        1/4/2020    4/6/2020
9.        2/4/2020    9/6/2020
10.        3/4/2020    11/6/2020
11.        27/4/2020    13/6/2020
12.        28/4/2020    13/6/2020
13.        29/4/2020    13/6/2020
14.        30/4/2020    13/6/2020
15.        4/5/2020    13/6/2020
16.        5/5/2020    13/6/2020
17.        6/5/2020    16/6/2020

N.B. As these matters are due to be mentioned for purpose of refixing, Counsel/Attorneys-at-Law are requested to be ready with agreed dates convenient to them.


Registrar,
Supreme Court
20th May 2020.

 

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

Reschedule of Cases

All the cases which were originally listed on the 20th March 2020 were re-listed to the 6th May 2020.

As the Court did not function on 6th May 2020 due to CoViD 19 Pandemic those cases originally listed on the 20th March 2020 will be mentioned on 22nd May 2020.





Registrar
Supreme Court
14th May, 2020

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
Marking Appearance in Court


Please be informed that the common case list that was used to MARK THE APPEARANCE will not be used from today until further notice.

Hereby request all Attorneys-at-Law to provide a document with the relevant information to the court officials.

Date:
Case Number:
Appearance by:
Party:


Registrar
Supreme Court
13th May, 2020

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NOTICE

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

FILINGS (Supreme Court)

1.    The Registry will receive all new filings from Monday the 11th May between 9.30 am and 1.00 pm. until further notice.

2.    All persons including attorneys-at-law who attend the Registry for  filing of fresh matters or otherwise are requested to follow government health advisories, in particular   guidelines on social distancing.

3.    The public is informed that the number of staff members available  at the Registry at a given time to provide regular services will depend on the relevant government guidelines and health advisories relating to combating COVID – 19 pandemic, until such time the said guidelines / health advisories are in force.



Registrar,
Supreme Court
11th May 2020.

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

Court Sittings and Rescheduling Cases


To the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys, Litigants and the Public

The Court Sittings will be resumed on Monday 11th May 2020. All those cases that were/are to be taken in open courts from 27th April to 6th May 2020 are to be rescheduled and new dates will be duly notified.



Registrar,
Supreme Court
3rd May 2020

 

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NOTICE

Supreme Court

Commencement of the 2nd Term, 2020.

1 The Supreme Court is scheduled to commence its sittings for the 2nd Term of 2020, on Monday 27th April, 2020. It is observed that the location where the Supreme Court is situated has become a high-risk area where Covid -19 virus has commenced spreading. Thus, it has become important and necessary in the interest of public, to co-operate with the guidelines and advices issued from time to time from the authorities working hard to control the spreading of the said virus. Therefore it is hereby notified to the public that the following measures are to be taken depending on the prevailing situation at the time Supreme Court is scheduled to commence sittings on 27-04-2020 and thereafter.

2. In the event the situation in the locality of the Superior Courts Complex continues to be identified as an area unsafe for public to access and move around, Court sittings will not take place.

3. However, upon an application to hear a case on the basis of urgency, after considering the merits and the circumstances, if Court is satisfied on the availability of such circumstances, Court in its discretion would make an appropriate order in that regard.

4 A notice published under the hand of the Registrar in due course will specify the dates on which the Registry will be open for filing new matters that had not been able to satisfy the procedural time limitations due to the closure of the Registry by reason of the imposition of curfew and other restrictions following the COVID -19 pandemic.

5. The Registry will be open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm to accept new filings other than the filings referred to hereinbefore, if the situation in the locality where the Supreme Court is situated permits.

6 However, a party or an attorney may contact the Registrar in advance and schedule a time and date to open the registry to accept any new filings in any urgent matter, in the event the Registry remains closed due to adverse conditions.

7 In order to ensure effective compliance with the Government health advisories including advisories on social distancing; and to avoid congestion, no person other than the Counsel / or the Attorney of a party or a person who is an unrepresented party will be allowed presence in court rooms unless prior permission had been granted by Court on an application by a Counsel / Attorney.

8 Taking into account the number of cases scheduled for a particular day, listing of cases may be made on staggered basis. In such an instance, only the Counsel  / Attorney and unrepresented parties of such cases that are listed for a particular time slot would be permitted to remain in the court room during the said time period, unless the court directs otherwise.

 

Registrar,

Supreme Court

23rd April 2020

 

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

I am directed by His Lordship, The Chief Justice to bring the following notice to the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys, Litigants and public.

 

All the cases that were scheduled to be taken up on 16th to 20th March 2020 will be mentioned on dates as shown below.

 

Previously Scheduled date

New “To be Mentioned” date

20/03/2020

06/05/2020

16/03/2020

13/05/2020

17/03/2020

20/05/2020

18/03/2020

27/05/2020

19/03/2020

03/06/2020

 

Registrar

Supreme Court

01 April 2020

 

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

I am directed by His Lordship, The Chief Justice to bring the following notice to the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys, Litigants and public.

The Supreme Court Registry will notify the dates of accepting new cases once the curfew is lifted.



Registrar
Supreme Court
31st March, 2020

 

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

I am directed by His Lordship, The Chief Justice to bring the following notice to the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys, Litigants and public.

All the cases that were scheduled to be taken up on 20/03/2020
will be mentioned on
6th May 2020.



Registrar
Supreme Court
20th March, 2020

 

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
Measures in View of Preventing the Spread of COVID -19 Virus
(From 20th to 27th March 2020)

I am directed by His Lordship, The Chief Justice to bring the following matters to the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys, Litigants and public.

1.    Filing of New Cases and Motions for cases other than already scheduled cases from 23rd to 27th March  

The Registry of Supreme Court will accept new cases and motions only till 1.30 PM.

2.    The Admission as Attorneys at Law which is to be held on 25th March 2020 is postponed and new date will be notified later




Registrar
Supreme Court
20th March, 2020

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
Measures in View of Preventing the Spread of COVID -19 Virus
(From 20th to 27th March 2020)

I am directed by His Lordship, The Chief Justice to bring the following matters to the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys and Litigants.
1.    No Cases to be called in open courts and all cases are to be rescheduled.
Above restrictions will not be applicable to:
a)    All matters relating to bail
b)    Any other matter where the Judge is of the view that it should be attended to without delay.

2.    Any Party or an Attorney At Law who desires that any matter to be taken up on the basis of urgency, such Party/Attorney At Law is required to file a motion to that effect before 10 AM for the consideration of the Judge.





Registrar
Supreme Court
19th March, 2020

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The Notice

THE SUPREME COURT OT THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

I am directed by His Lordship, The Chief Justice to bring the following matters to the attention of all Counsel, Registered Attorneys and Litigants.

1.    The mention matters : All the mention matters that are to be taken up in open court from 17th to 20th March will be rescheduled and the new dates will be notified during the 1st week of April 2020.

2.    All other matters : Hearings will be restricted to urgent and essential matters based on the applications of the parties concerned.

3.    Entrance to Courts : The litigants will not be permitted to enter the court unless the Counsel requires the presence of the litigants.





Registrar
Supreme Court
16th March, 2020

 

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N  O  T  I  C  E



There will be a Ceremonial Sitting of the Supreme Court at 9.30 a.m. on Friday the 28th of February 2020, in the Ceremonial Court (Court No.501) to enable the Bar to welcome The Honourable Yasantha Kodagoda P.C, as a Judge of the Supreme Court.




Pradeep Mahamuthugala.
REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT


18th February 2020

 

 

 

 

 

CEREMONIAL SITTING OF THE SUPREME COURT

There will be a Reference for the late Justice Hon. Prasanna S Jayawardena President’s Counsel, Judge of the Supreme Court on Monday, 20th January 2020 at 9.30 a.m. in the Ceremonial Court of the Supreme Court. (Court No.501)


Pradeep Mahamuthugala.
REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT

08th January 2020.

 

 

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Special Notice

Date :- 2019.08.09

Hearing of Reference 01/2019

will be at 10.00 A.M on Friday 23rd August 2019.

The  Letter sent to the President of Bar Association is pasted hereto.

 

09th August 2019

The President,

Bar Association of Sri Lanka

Colombo 12.

 

SUPREME COURT REFERENCE NO. 01/2019

I have been directed by His Lordship the Chief Justice to inform you that His Excellency the President in terms of Article 129 (1) of the Constitution, has referred to this Court the following questions for its consideration and for an opinion to be submitted to His Excellency on or before 30th August. 2019.

(a)    In view of the Review Committee failing to submit its  report to me in accordance  with sub sections (13) and (14) of Section 3A  of the Provincial Councils Elections  Act No. 2 of 1988 as amended by  Act No. 17 of 2017, whether, I, as President, can by proclamation forthwith publish  the new number of electorates, the boundaries and names assigned to each electorate so created in terms  of the report  of the Delimitation Committee submitted  to the Minster  Assigned the  subject of Provincial Councils?

 

(b)   Whether, the Provincial Councils Elections can be held under the Provincial Councils Elections Act No. 2 of 1988 as amended by Act No. 17 of 2017, once the Proclamation referred t in (a) above is published?

 

(c)    Whether in the absence of such inability to hold such Provincial Council elections in terms of the present law, the said provincial council elections can be held under the law that was in force prior to the enactment of the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017in view of section 6(2) of the Interpretation Ordinance?

I have been further directed to request you to inform the membership, that written submissions (original with five copies) in respect of the above questions along with a written notice of intention to  intervene will be entertained at the Registry of the Supreme Court until 12.00 noon of Wednesday 21st August 2019 and a Hearing for oral submissions of Counsel (maximum of thirty minutes each), will be held at 10.00 A.M on Friday 23rd, August 2019.

 

 

Registrar of Supreme Court

 

 

 

 


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THE SUPREME COURT

OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Pending Applications / Appeals requiring urgent consideration

and filing of fresh Applications

Due to the compelling need to adhere to Guidelines issued by the health authorities relating to ongoing public health emergency associated with the COVID19 pandemic, sittings of the Supreme Court, until further notice, will be conducted in the manner more fully described hereinafter. As only a minimum number of staff are permitted to report for work, functioning of the Registry is restricted. Health authorities have strictly advised to severely restrict the interaction with ‘outsiders’. Therefore, with effect from 23 November 2020 until further notice, the Supreme Court will take up for consideration only the Applications and Appeals that require urgent consideration.

Further, as an interim measure, to facilitate hearing of urgent matters, the following scheme will be enforced with immediate effect.

MATTERS THAT ARE ALREADY PENDING BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT

1. If in the opinion of any Attorney-at-Law that a particular Application / Appeal in respect of which he has been retained to appear, requires urgent consideration by the Supreme Court, such Attorney-at-Law / the relevant registered Attorney shall file a Motion addressed to His Lordship the Chief Justice, stating reasons for the need for urgent consideration of such Application / Appeal by the Supreme Court. The Motion should state up to three dates convenient to Counsel for the hearing. Should there be an Attorney-at-Law on record for the opposing party/parties, a copy of the Motion shall simultaneously be forwarded to such Attorney-at-Law. The Motion should be forwarded via email, addressed to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The number of the Application / Appeal should be included in the ‘subject line’ of the email. The relevant Attorney-at-Law may after 24 hours contact the Registry either via email or telephone, and ascertain the decision taken with regard to the afore-stated Motion.

2. All other matters that are already listed, will be rescheduled and the fresh mention dates of such matters will be notified by the Registrar by way of notices published in the Supreme Court web site.

NEW APPLICATIONS/APPEALS THAT REQUIRE URGENT ATTENTION

3. Until further notice, fresh Applications / Appeals which require urgent attention, should be forwarded to the Registry for filing only via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Such email should contain a covering Motion stating reasons for the need for urgent consideration of the relevant Application / Appeal by the Supreme Court, the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single A4 size pages, PDF file. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should be continued through the affidavit to the attachments. The page number should appear on the bottom centre of each page. The attachments should be labelled on the top right hand corner with the relevant reference which appears in the Petition. Once the documents are received by the Registry, the Registry upon processing the same will inform the relevant Attorney-at-Law the number assigned to such Application and filing charges, which will include the fee for the preparation of the briefs in hard copies. Once the fee is notified, it should be paid by depositing the amount so notified to Account No. 007041537 (Account Holder - Registrar of the Supreme Court) maintained at the Hulftsdorp Branch of the Bank of Ceylon. A scanned copy of the deposit slip should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.

4. Upon receiving confirmation of payment of the filing charges, the Registry will take steps to forward the Application to a Honourable Justice nominated by His Lordship the Chief Justice to decide on listing the Application for hearing. Following a date being given for the initial hearing of the Application, such date will be communicated to the relevant Attorney-at-Law by the Registry via email.

NEW APPLICATIONS / APPEALS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE URGENT ATTENTION

5. Till further notice, fresh applications which do not require urgent attention may be forwarded to the Registry for filing via e mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the provisions set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 hereinbefore, mutatis mutandis would be applicable to such filings.

VISITS TO THE REGISTRY AND OPEN COURT HEARINGS

6. Attorneys-at-Law are requested not to visit the Registry till further notice. Any inquiry may be made via telephone or email.

7. Litigants will not be permitted to enter the Superior Courts Complex, unless permission has been obtained from the relevant presiding justice.

8. All Attorneys-at-Law are requested to fully adhere to health guidelines issued by health authorities relating to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and in particular the Guidelines issued relating to “Courts”.

9. Attorneys-at-Law are requested to enter court-rooms only when it is reasonably likely that the respective Application / Appeal is about to be taken up.

10. Senior counsel are requested to have only have one junior counsel inside Court when his matter is taken up. If the presence of more than one junior counsel is required, the senior counsel concerned shall obtain the permission of the presiding justice.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Registrar

Supreme Court

20th November, 2020

General Information - +94 011 243 7507
scdreg@sltnet.lk

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