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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Digital Hearings

 

1.    The arrangements are being made to take up Mention Matters electronically as Digital Hearings. All mention matters of the week will be taken up electronically [via zoom] on every Friday commencing from 24th of September 2021.  Such matters will be taken up on staggered basis as per the case list published. Therefore, Attorneys at Law are requested to log in and be online, at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled time. The link, Meeting ID and Passcode for the digital hearings will be published along with the case list.

2.    Parties seeking to have a Digital Hearing in terms of  the Supreme Court [Digital Hearing] Rules, on days the Court will have urgent matters or normal sittings, shall do so by filing a motion to that effect through the electronic mail, 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 Such electronic mail should be sent 10 days prior to the date the matter is already scheduled. The number of the Application/ Appeal should be included in the ‘subject line’ of the email. 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.  


On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice


Registrar
Supreme Court
14th September, 2021


 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 06th September 2021




In view of  the Press Release, extending the current quarantine curfew, issued by the President's Media Division (PMD) on 03/09/2021 and the availability of limited staff due to CoViD-19 pandemic, the scheme contained in the Supreme Court Notice dated 21st August 2021 will continue to be in operation till the quarantine curfew is lifted.


On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Registrar
Supreme Court
03rd September, 2021

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Verification of Attorneys at Law (Affidavits and other documents to be sent to overseas)



Please note that due to the present CoViD-19 related situation, Supreme Court Registry will accept hard copies of affidavits and documents for verification of Attorneys at Law only on Tuesdays and Fridays until further notice.

You are requested to deposit Rs 60/= to the account No: 0007041537 (Account Holder – Registrar of the Supreme Court) of Bank of Ceylon (Hulftsdorp branch) and submit the receipt with relevant documents.

The Registry will collect the hard copies of Affidavits/Documents at the gate (Adhikarana Mawatha – near Traffic Court) at 9.30 AM and 11.30 AM and the documents with the verification will be issued by the Registry at 11.30 AM and 12.15 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays


Registrar of the Supreme Court    
30th August 2021.


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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE


Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 30th August to 03rd September 2021



In view of the availability of limited staff due to CoViD-19 pandemic, especially staff attached to the record room, the scheme contained in the Supreme Court Notice dated 21st August 2021 will continue to be in operation till 03rd September 2021.


On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,


Registrar
Supreme Court
27th August, 2021

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA


NOTICE

Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 23rd August 2021 to 31st August 2021




In view of the Press Release with the heading "Functions Permitted Under Quarantine Curfew" dated 20/08/2021 published by the Ministry of Health the notice dated 20th August 2021 published by the Supreme Court Registry is revised as below.

1.    The scheme contained herein will be in operation from 23rd August to 31st August 2021.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing from 23rd August to 31st August 2021. 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 before the scheduled date or if that is not possible, a party or attorney may contact the Registrar via email or telephone at least one day prior to the scheduled date and documents be filed  before 9.30 AM on the scheduled date, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the opposing party or parties, as the case may be. Similarly, for those who wish to file Motions of urgent matters electronically, should do so by forwarding the motion via email, at least two days before the scheduled date, 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. 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.

3.    The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding Judge and a decision will be taken thereon.

4.    Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 11.00 AM.

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

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 to be taken up. No more than 25% of the seating capacity is permitted in court rooms at any given time.

8.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 23rd August to 31st August 2021 will be notified later.

9.    When a party or an attorney contact the Registrar in advance and schedule a time and date to submit any new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents the registry will receive such documents on agreed workdays between 9.00 AM and 12.30 PM.

10.    As per the Supreme Court Rules published in the government extraordinary gazette number 2212/54 dated 29/01/2021 parties seeking to have a Digital Hearing should send the motion through the electronic mail addressed to 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. 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.  

11.    Those who wish to file fresh matters, motions, written submissions and other documents electronically should do so by forwarding the 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 . Such email should contain the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF file, containing A4 size pages. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should continue without a break through the affidavit and the attachments if any.  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 to correspond with 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 or fund transfer confirmation should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.

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



The Public is informed that the functioning of the Registry will be restricted and will attend to urgent matters only.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar
Supreme Court
21st August, 2021

 

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THE SUPREME COURT

OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court

From 23rd to 31st August 2021

Taking into account the present situation in the country and the guidelines contained in the Press Release issued by the Ministry of Health on 16/08/2021, Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court will be as given below.

1. The scheme contained herein will be in operation from 23rd to 31st August 2021.

2. Only ‘To Be Resumed’, ‘To Be Mentioned’, ‘For Support’ and ‘Urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing from 23rd to 31st August 2021.

3. 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 should be filed before the scheduled date, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the opposing party or parties, as the case may be. Similarly, for those who wish to file Motions of urgent matters electronically, should do so by forwarding the motion via email, at least three days before the scheduled date, 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. 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.

4. The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding Judge and a decision will be taken thereon.

5. Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 10.00 AM.

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

7. 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.

8. Attorneys-at-Law are requested to enter court rooms only when it is reasonably likely that their respective application / appeal is to be taken up. No more than 25% of the seating capacity is accommodated in the court room at any given time.

9. The new dates for Argument/Hearing and Support (both ‘granting of leave’ and ‘leave to proceed’) matters that are scheduled from 23rd to 31st August 2021 will be notified later.

10. The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents on workdays between 9.00 AM and 12.30 PM.

11. As per the Supreme Court Rules published in the government extraordinary gazette number 2212/54 dated 29/01/2021 parties seeking to have a Digital Hearing should send the motion through the electronic mail addressed to 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. 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.

12. Those who wish to file fresh matters, motions, written submissions and other documents electronically should do so by forwarding the 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 . Such email should contain the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF file, containing A4 size pages. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should continue without a break through the affidavit and the attachments if any. 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 to correspond with 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 or fund transfer confirmation should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.

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

The Public is informed that the functioning of the Registry will be restricted as the full staff is not permitted to report for work due to the prevailing situation.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Registrar

Supreme Court

20th August, 2021

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA


NOTICE


Rescheduling of Cases


Applications bearing Nos. SCFR 163/19, SCFR 165/19, SCFR 166/19, SCFR 184/19, SCFR 188/19, SCFR 191/19, SCFR 193/19, SCFR 195/19, SCFR 196/19, SCFR 197/19 SCFR 198/19, SCFR 293/19 & SCFR 464/19 are TO BE MENTIONED on 13th September 2021.



Registrar,
Supreme Court.
06th August 2021

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA\


NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases



All the cases which were scheduled to be taken from 25th June to 02nd July 2021 will be taken up as per the attached TABLE E.


Registrar
Supreme Court
03 August 2021.

 

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THE SUPREME COURT

OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Sittings During Court Vacation (09 – 20 August 2021)

With reference to the NOTICE dated 22nd May 2020 on SUSPENSION OF SITTINGS OF COURTS, steps are taken to conduct sittings between 09th to 20th August 2021, as a measure to mitigate the adverse impact caused on regular court sittings, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Three benches are constituted to sit on the first three days of each week (09,10,11,16,17 & 18 of August) during the two-week period where regular sittings were suspended by the aforementioned notice of 22nd May 2020. A limited number of cases with the consent of all counsel are listed before each division on these six days with the view to facilitate concluding hearings of those matters on the scheduled day, without any postponements.

However, Thursday and Friday of each week may be used to schedule any matters that are to be resumed from among the cases listed in the first three days of that particular week.

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

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.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,


Registrar

Supreme Court

02nd August, 2021

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases



All the cases which were scheduled to be taken from 10th May to 23rd June 2021 will be taken up as per the attached TABLE D.




Registrar
Supreme Court
08 July 2021.



 

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 5th July 2021




1.    In keeping with the Revised New Health Guidelines, issued  on 04/07/2021 by The Director General of Health, Supreme Court will resume normal sittings from 5th July 2021

2.    Cases will be taken up in open courts on staggered basis as per the published case list and at the discretion of the presiding Judge hence Attorneys-at-Law are requested to enter court rooms only when their respective application / appeal is likely to be taken up.

3.    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.

4.    Members of the public, prisoners or litigants will not be permitted to enter the Superior Courts Complex, unless permission has been obtained from the relevant presiding Judge.

5.    In any event no more than 35% of the capacity will be accommodated in Superior Courts Complex or at any Court Room at any given time.

6.    As per the Supreme Court Rules published in the government extraordinary gazette number 2212/54 dated 29/01/2021, parties seeking to have a Digital Hearing, even on days the Court will have normal sittings, should send a motion through the electronic mail, addressed to Registrar of the Supreme Court; to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Such electronic mail/mails should be sent 10 days prior to the already scheduled date of the case/cases. The number of the Application/ Appeal should be included in the ‘subject line’ of the email. 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.

7.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents between 9.00 AM and 3.00 PM.


On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,


Registrar
Supreme Court.
04/07/2021.

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases





All the cases which were rescheduled to be taken from 1st June to 23rd June 2021 will be taken up as per the attached TABLE C.


Registrar
Supreme Court
23rd June 2021.

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 23rd June 2021 to 2nd July 2021




According to the Press Release with the heading “මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය-සංචරණ සීමා ලිහිල් කිරීම” issued on 20/06/2021 by the Ministry of Health, the notice dated 18th June 2021 published by the Supreme Court Registry is revised as below.

1.    The scheme contained herein that came into operation with effect from 6th May 2021 will continue to be in operation from 23rd June to 2nd July 2021.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing from 23rd June to 2nd July 2021. 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 scheduled date, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the opposing party or parties, as the case may be. Similarly, for those who wish to file Motions of urgent matters electronically, should do so by forwarding the motion via email, at least two days before the scheduled date, 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. 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.
3.    The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding Judge and a decision will be taken thereon.
4.    Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 11.00 AM.

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

8.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 23rd June to 2nd July 2021 will be notified later.
9.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents on workdays between 9.00 AM and 12.30 PM.

10.    As per the Supreme Court Rules published in the government extraordinary gazette number 2212/54 dated 29/01/2021 parties seeking to have a Digital Hearing should send the motion through the electronic mail addressed to 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. 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.  

11.    Those who wish to file fresh matters, motions, written submissions and other documents electronically should do so by forwarding the 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 . Such email should contain the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF file, containing A4 size pages. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should continue without a break through the affidavit and the attachments if any.  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 to correspond with 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 or fund transfer confirmation should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.

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

The Public is informed that the functioning of the Registry will be restricted as the full staff is not permitted to report for work due to the prevailing situation.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Registrar
Supreme Court
22nd June, 2021

 

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 21st June 2021 &
E-Filing and Digital Hearing



1.    The scheme contained herein that came into operation with effect from 6th May 2021 will continue to be in operation on 21st, 22nd & 23rd June 2021 and normal sittings will resume from 25th June 2021.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing on 21st, 22nd & 23rd June 2021. 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 scheduled date, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the opposing party or parties, as the case may be. Similarly, for those who wish to file Motions of urgent matters electronically, should do so by forwarding the motion via email, at least two days before the scheduled date, 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. 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.

3.    The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding Judge and a decision will be taken thereon.

4.    Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 11.00 AM.

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

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 to be taken up.

8.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 21st to 23rd June 2021 will be notified later.

9.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents between 9.00 AM and 1.30 PM.

10.    As per the Supreme Court Rules published in the government extraordinary gazette number 2212/54 dated 29/01/2021, parties seeking to have a Digital Hearing should send a motion through electronic mail, 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. 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.  

11.    Those who wish to file fresh matters, motions, written submissions and other documents electronically should do so by forwarding the 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 . Such email should contain the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF file, containing A4 size pages. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should continue without a break through the affidavit and the attachments if any.  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 to correspond with 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 or fund transfer confirmation should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.


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


The Public is informed that the functioning of the Registry will be restricted as the full staff is not permitted to report for work due to the prevailing situation.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar
Supreme Court
18th June, 2021

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases



All the cases which were scheduled to be taken from 10th May 2021 to 31st May 2021 will be taken up as per the attached TABLE B.


Registrar
Supreme Court
15th June 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA


NOTICE


E-Filing and
Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
From 14th to 18th June 2021



The scheme contained in the notice dated 3rd June 2021 will continue to be in operation during the
period from 14th to 18th of June 2021.
On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,

 

Registrar
Supreme Court
11th June, 2021

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA



NOTICE


Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
during the period 4th June to 11th June 2021
and E-Filing





1.    The scheme contained herein that came into operation with effect from 6th May 2021 will continue to be in operation.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing till 11th June 2021. 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 scheduled date, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the opposing party or parties, as the case may be. Similarly, for those who wish to file Motions of urgent matters electronically, should do so by forwarding the motion via email, at least two days before the scheduled date, 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. 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.

3.    The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding Judge and a decision will be taken thereon.

4.    Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 11.00 AM.

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

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 to be taken up.

8.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 7th of June to 11th of June 2021 will be notified later.

9.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents from 04th to 11th June between 9.00 AM and 11.30 AM.

10.    Those who wish to file fresh matters, motions, written submissions and other documents electronically should do so by forwarding the 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 . Such email should contain the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF file, containing A4 size pages. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should continue without a break through the affidavit and the attachments if any.  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 to correspond with 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 or fund transfer confirmation should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.


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


The Public is informed that the functioning of the Registry will be restricted as the full staff is not permitted to report for work due to the prevailing situation.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar
Supreme Court
03rd June, 2021

 

 

 

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THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA



NOTICE


Sittings of the Supreme Court & functioning of the Registry of the Supreme Court
during the period 31st May to 4th June 2021
and E-Filing




1.    The scheme contained herein that came into operation with effect from 6th May 2021 will continue to be in operation.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing till 4th June 2021. 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 scheduled date, having given notice of such Motion to the registered Attorney of the opposing party or parties, as the case may be. Similarly, for those who wish to file Motions of urgent matters electronically, should do so by forwarding the motion via email, at least two days before the scheduled date, 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. 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.

3.    The application contained in such Motion will be considered by the presiding Judge and a decision will be taken thereon.

4.    Such urgent matters will be taken up in the designated court commencing at 11.00 AM.

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

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 to be taken up.

8.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled  from 24th May to 4th June 2021 will be notified later.

9.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents from 31st May to 4th June between 9.00 AM and 11.30 AM.

10.    Those who wish to file fresh matters, motions, written submissions and other documents electronically should do so by forwarding the 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 . Such email should contain the Application (Petition and Affidavit) together with the covering Motion, Proxy and the attachments (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF file, containing A4 size pages. The papers should be sequentially numbered from the first page of the Petition and the numbering should continue without a break through the affidavit and the attachments if any.  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 to correspond with 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 or fund transfer confirmation should be forwarded to the Registry via email, with the number of the Application on the subject of the email.


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


The Public is informed that the functioning of the Registry will be restricted as the full staff is not permitted to report for work due to the prevailing situation.

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar
Supreme Court
30th May, 2021

 

 

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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
On 28th &  31st May and 1st & 2nd June 2021





1.    The scheme contained herein that came into operation with effect from 6th May 2021 will continue to be in operation.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing till 2nd June 2021. 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 scheduled date, 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 11.00 AM.

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

5.    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.

6.     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.

7.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 24th May to 2nd June 2021 will be notified later.

8.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents from 28th of May to 2nd of June between 9.30 AM and 1.00 PM.

The Public is informed that as only a minimum number of staff are permitted to report for work, functioning of the Registry is restricted.  

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,


Registrar - Supreme Court                       
20th May, 2021

 

 

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases




All the cases which were scheduled to be taken from 3rd May 2021 to 7th May 2021 will be taken up as per the attached TABLE A.


Registrar
Supreme Court
18th May 2021.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE



NOTICE OF ENROLLMENT OF LAW STUDENTS (Those who have completed four months of apprenticeship) WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE REGISTRY OF THE SUPREME COURT FROM 18TH May 2021 between 9 A.M  and   12 NOON.

Those who reside in isolated areas and/or are in self quarantine are strongly advised to adhere to COVID-19 related health guidelines.



REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT.
17TH May 2021


 

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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 17th to 21st May 2021




1.    The scheme contained herein that came into operation with effect from 6th May 2021 will continue to be in operation.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing till 21st May 2021. 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 scheduled date, 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 11.00 AM.

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

5.    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.

6.     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.

7.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 17th to 21st May 2021 will be notified later.

8.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents from 12th of May to 31st May between 9.30 AM and 1.00 PM.

The Public is informed that as only a minimum number of staff are permitted to report for work, functioning of the Registry is restricted.  

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar - Supreme Court                            
12th May, 2021

 

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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 6th to 14th May 2021




1.    The scheme contained herein will come into operation with effect from 6th May 2021.

2.    Only ‘urgent’ matters will be taken up in open court for hearing from 6th to 14th May 2021. 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 scheduled date, 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 11.00 AM.

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

5.    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.

6.     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.

7.    The new dates for matters that are scheduled from 6th to 13th May 2021 will be notified later.

8.    The Registry will receive all new filings, motions, written submissions and other documents from 6th of May to 31st May between 9.30 AM and 1.00 PM.

The Public is informed that as only a minimum number of staff are permitted to report for work, functioning of the Registry is restricted.  

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,




Registrar - Supreme Court                           
6th May, 2021

 

 

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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, motions, written submissions and other documents from 03rd of May to 31st of May 2021 between 09.30 a.m. and 01p.m.

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
03rd May 2021

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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Mention Matters from 03rd May to 07th May 2021.



Due to the present COVID-19 related situation all the cases which are scheduled to be mentioned from 03rd May to 07th May 2021 will not be taken up in open court and new dates will be notified later.
•    The rest of the cases will be taken up as shown in the case list published on the Supreme Court website.

•    The litigants will not be permitted to enter the court unless the Counsel requires the presence of the litigants.

•    All entering the court houses are requested to maintain social distancing and to adhere to other Health Guidelines in relation to prevention of CoViD 19, at all times.  

On the direction of His Lordship the Chief Justice,



Registrar
Supreme Court
30th April 2021

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Rescheduling of Cases

1. Applications bearing Nos. SCFR 163/19, SCFR 165/19, SCFR 166/19, SCFR 184/19, SCFR 188/19, SCFR 191/19, SCFR 193/19, SCFR 195/19, SCFR 196/19, SCFR 197/19 SCFR 198/19 & SCFR 293/19 will be taken up on 15th January 2021 as mention matters.

2. All the cases which were originally scheduled to be taken as mention matters from26th October 2020 to 18th December 2020 will be taken up as mention matters on the dates as shown in the TABLE A. Click here to view Table A

3. The rest of the cases (Argument/Hearing and Support matters) that were originally scheduled from 26th October 2020 to 18th December 2020 will be taken up as per the TABLE B. Click here to view Table B

 

Registrar

Supreme Court

7th January 2021

 

 

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SUPREME COURT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

NOTICE

Verification of Attorneys at Law (Affidavits and other Documents to be sent Overseas)

Please note that due to the present CoViD-19 related situation Supreme Court Registry will accept hard copies of Affidavits and Documents for verification of Attorneys at Law who have attested those documents only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (Supreme Court registry is closed on public holidays)
Those who want to send the scanned copies of the documents for verification of Attorneys at Law who have attested those documents via email can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
You are requested to deposit Rs 60/= to the Account No 0007041537 (Account Holder – Registrar of the Supreme Court) of Bank of Ceylon (Hulftsdorp Branch) and submit the receipt or send the scanned copy of the receipt through email.
The registry will collect the Affidavits /Documents at the gate (Adhikarana Mawatha – near Traffic Court) at 10.30 AM and 11.45 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the Registry will issue the documents with the verification at 11.45 AM and 1.30 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Registrar of the Supreme Court
17th December 2020.

 

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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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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

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