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UNP rejects Court of Appeal ruling

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Last update6:48:35 UTC 2018


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UNP rejects Court of Appeal ruling

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The United National Party has reiterated that the impeachment against an existing Chief Justice is a parliamentary process specified by the Constitution and the Appeal Court should have refrained from issuing notice to the legislative members.

 

In a statement released in connection with the Court of Appeal ruling, the United National Party has said the Clause 107 of the Constitution allows the parliament to initiate impeachment motion against a Chief Justice and according to the Latimore House Declaration the process should be enacted in an independent and unbiased manner.

 

The UNP noting that the Supreme Court has not recognized standing order 78(a), under clause number 107 of the Constitution has stated that the existing provisions within the constitution are sufficient to carry out such an investigation.

 

The statement issued by the UNP has also noted that according to clause 49 of the Judicial Act if a Supreme Court magistrate is found to be a respondent of a particular court case or a stakeholder, only the Supreme Court or its Magistrates are permitted by law to adjudicate such a matter. (niz)

 

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