25th July, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 2
to expedite pending cases
a bid to clear the backlog of cases, the Justice Ministry has decided to
expand the panel of judges and also introduce eight new circuit courts in
Minister, John Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader that such a decision is
to be taken due to the high number of cases that were yet pending in the
are more than 10,000 cases accumulated in the appeal courts," the
Minister said adding that the oldest cases pending before the courts of
law were the ones filed in 1994 and 1995.
cases are nearly 10 years old and it is only now that the appeal courts
are looking into these cases," the Minister said.
added that currently the panel of judges ranged from six to 11 and with
this increase the panel would swell to 20.
increase in the number of courts and judges is to expedite the already
pending cases not heard for many years," the Minister said.
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