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Be More Sensitive, CJ Tells Lawyers

Chief Justice Mohan Pieris urged those practising law to be more sensitive to the plight of their clients, and treat the profession with respect.

“70% of the people of this country are vulnerable simple people. When I say simple I mean they are not rich. Seven out of 10 litigants who walk through these doors belong to that group. Therefore we have to be sensitive to their plight. If we bear that in mind and think twice, what kind of legal system then should we offer people? Is it a legal system that is impossible to get or that depends on the amount of money one has?

I was with the Chief Justices of the Asia Pacific region just three weeks ago and one of the things the Malaysian judiciary was doing, you would not believe it, in fact, I could not, Malaysia has a system organised by the bar, and a legal aid system organised by the courts and they have a legal aid system organised by the government and also by the law students,” he said.

The Chief Justice pointed out that Malaysia has four legal aid systems helping vulnerable groups to have access to justice. Therefore he said we too can imagine how important it is to give our poor people access to justice.
“When I say poor I don’t mean monetarily poor but those who are vulnerable for some reason or the other, perhaps due to economic circumstances, due to poor intellectual circumstances, lack of education or lack of other resources to be able to ask the legal system to help to lead their lives. In my opening address during my induction speech I said I offer to you servitude. The salary I get today I used to earn in half a day. But I was willing to sacrifice that as I felt I could restore the legal system and provide a service,” he added.

5 Comments for “Be More Sensitive, CJ Tells Lawyers”

  1. M. Vanbeoff

    WELL IF MR. MOHAN PEIRIS REALLY MEANS WHAT HE SAYS, HE WOULD HAVE BROUGHT RELIEF TO THE DEPOSITORS OF THE GOLDEN KEY, BY HAVING THE CROOK KOTELAWALA THRONW BACK INTO PRISON ALONG WITH THE OTHER DIRECTORS AND ALL THEIR ASSETS CEASED INCLUDING THE MONEY THAT KOTELAWLA HAS STASHED AWAY IN HIS BANK ACCOUNTS IN LABUNAN MAURITIUS, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, AUSTRALIA, UNITED KINGDOM. CEASED AND SOLD HIS PALACE AT NO. 28, ELIBANK ROAD, COLOMBO 5 AND SETTLED THE DEPOSITORS.

    IT IS FIVE YEARS SINCE THE COLLAPSE ON 19TH DECEMBER AND WHAT IS HAPPENNING.

    MR. PEIRIS DO YOU REALLY MEAN WHAT YOU HAVE SAID, THEN GO AHEAD AND GIVE THE ORDER.

  2. gamarala

    How does Mohan Peiris speak of justice when he decided a case filed in respect of a prisoner who died of assault at Vavuniya Prison,on his “personal knowledge” that the deceased was “a terrorist”. He also said that terrorists “have no rights”

    As attorney general,he also interfered in a case filed by customs to recover millions of tax dues to the state.

    Now he speaks of ‘servitude’ – servitude for whom – the corrupt political system by which he was ‘elevated’ ,or the common man caught in the web of 65,000 pending cases in the ‘justice system’?

  3. cindymontrose

    Mohan, do you care about the real law of the land or its poor people? How are you at your job? Why did you get that job?

  4. Who cares what you say disgrasful Hora C.J. We will never except you as our C.J

  5. Dr M.L.Najimudeen

    I am a Sri Lankan working in Malaysia. I agree with what the Honble CJ said. There are legal aid systems available in Malaysia. The bar council of Malaysia is also involved in the system. Very poor people who could not afford to retain a lawyer can get help from this legal aid body. It is a reflection of the status of the country.
    It is high time that the Sri Lankan legal professionals should consider this

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