KANDY - The Mahanayake Theros of Malwatte and Asgiriya have, in separate statements, urged all political groups in the Parliament to support the move to set up Provincial Appeal Courts, which they explain would benefit litigants in the outstations.
In his statement the Most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddharatha Sumangal Thero, Mahanayake of Malwatte, said that the proposed expansion to the provinces would be of immense benefit to the litigants in the outstations.
`This move will cut short the delays and the huge expenses incurred in obtaining decisions on the cases before the Court of Appeal in Colombo.In view of this and many other benefits to the country, I would say that members of all political groups in the Parliament should take steps to pass this legislation without a division, considering at least the benefits to the rural litigants,` he said.
Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkithe Thero, Mahanayake of Asgiriya, states that the decision taken to provide facilities of the Court of Appeal to the regional level is an appropriate move.
`It is necessary to pass the relevant legislation in this regard with the support of all political groups in the Parliament. I urge the leaders of all groups, both in the government and the opposition, to support this move in the Parliament and to pass the relevant legislation,` he stated.
Those seeking decisions of the Court of Appeal at present are expected to incur much expenses and face heavy delays since the facility is available in capital, Colombo only, the prelate added.
Meanwhile, the former president of the Kandy Bar Association (KBA) President?s Counsel Wijaya Wickremaratne said the decentralisation of appellate jurisdiction was a very welcome move. `It is common knowledge that several thousands of criminal and civil cases are pending decisions in the only Court of Appeal in Colombo.A large number of the cases are unlikely to be taken up for argument in the Court of Appeal in the near future. Hence it is a very import move to provide the facility on a regional basis,` he said.
He too appealed to all political parties in the Parliament to support the proposed legislation as it would improve the quality of justice in our country, he added.