Secretariat to respond on CJ probe
By Neville de Silva in London
The London-based Commonwealth Secretariat is expected to respond
shortly to a request by the Sri Lanka Government which intends changing
the Standing Orders of Parliament to allow foreign judges to hear
grievances against the Chief Justice or any judge of the higher
sources said that a request to assist in this regard had been sent
to the Secretariat. The government wants to change the existing
practice whereby parliament is empowered to inquire into allegations.
believes that this would make such inquiries more credible as foreign
judges would be seen to be more impartial and would not be politically
The request went out to the Commonwealth Secretariat for assistance
because it is believed that judges from Commonwealth countries coming
from a common legal background would be more acquainted with legal
traditions and practices in Commonwealth member-states.
is hoping that the Commonwealth Secretariat would help set up a
panel of judges drawn from the 54 Commonwealth countries. Economic
Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda met Commonwealth Secretary-General
Don McKinnon earlier this month to brief him on the situation in
Sri Lanka following the prorogation of parliament and the sacking
of three ministers by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.