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Country prevails every time legal fraternity protects Rule of Law, if not the country is doomed: Justice Gamini Rohan Amarasekara

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Justice Gamini Rohan Amarasekara has stressed that every time the legal fraternity stands upright and protects the rule of law, this country prevails. If not, this country is doomed.

He made a fervent appeal to those in the legal fraternity to perform their duties by the people, for the people and be defenders of their rights.

He was addressing the ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court held last week to welcome three new judges to the SC, namely Justices Preethi Padman Surasena, S Thurairaja and Gamini Rohan Amarasekara.

Addressing the ceremony, Justice Amarasekera observed:

“While there may be many organizations that voice, or struggle for, the rights of the people, one must remember that it is only judges and lawyers who can protect and defend the rights of the people.

Therefore, all of us belonging to the legal fraternity must not see our profession as a mere livelihood, but a mission entrusted to protect human dignity.

Selecting a career judge to the apex court is an honour to all career judges, as it is a recognition of the contribution made by them to the society. It also recognizes the need of the presence of the experience gained in the lower courts, at the apex level, when adjudicating justice.

We ought to encourage constructive criticism of judgements. When a judge is in the lower courts, superior courts are there to critically analyse, to show pros and cons of his judgments, but when one reaches the apex court, he does not get that opportunity. In such a context, constructive criticism will help to develop law and its uniformity.”





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