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    October 27, 2019

    The Attorney General's Department informed the Parliament Sectoral Oversight Committee on Anti-Corruption and the Media that by December 31, this year, there will be a total of 10,000 indictments filed on charges of corruption, fraud and other crimes.Attorney General's Department also informed the committee that they have filed 7800 indictments within the first eight months of the year.

    Meanwhile, the officials of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information informed the Committee that a new law has been drafted regarding the issuance of licenses for private television and radio stations which is due to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval. It was further decided to review the Anti-Corruption Bill at the Committee's next hearing. The information was made aware at the Committee meeting at the Parliament chaired by the President's Counsel Hon. Dr. Jayampathi Wickramaratne on the 23rd of October 2019.

    Member of Parliament Hon. Rauf Hakeem, Deputy Minister Hon. Karunaratne Paranavithana, Member of Parliament Hon. Ali Zaheer Moulana, Member of Parliament Hon. M. A Sumanthiran along with several other representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Mass Media, Judicial Service Commission and Bar Association of Sri Lanka we in participation.

    The committee also proposed to increase the number of judges of the Supreme Court from 11 to 15. The committee also suggested that the delays in court proceedings are of a serious issue and a thorough investigation should be conducted on the issue.

    Progress on the proposal of accepting officials of the Attorney General's Department and the Legal Draftsman's Department as a separate legal service from public service presented before the Committee was taken into consideration. The Committee requested the related matters to be expedited. Attention was drawn to establishing a separate service inclusive for legal professionals working in other government departments as well.

    Chairman of the Committee Dr. Jayampathi Wickramaratne informed the relevant parties to implement a pilot project to automate the judicial system. The Chairman further advised to start the work by early 2020. The pilot project was said to be implemented in association with a selected District Court, Magistrate Court and a High Court.



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