Lawyers ask President for state land to build offices

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to grant practising lawyers state land on which they can build themselves office complexes for their legal practice.

The request was made when a delegation of lawyers met the President at Temple Trees on Friday, BASL president W. Dayaratne told The Sunday Times. High on the agenda of points for discussion was the lack of proper office space for a majority of the country’s lawyers engaged in private practice.

According to Mr. Dayaratne, more than 10,000 lawyers are in need of office space. The President has instructed Suhada Gamlath, secretary to the Ministry of Justice, to look into the possibility of granting office facilities near court complexes for practising lawyers.

Member of Parliament Wijedasa Rajapaksha also attended the meeting with President Rajapaksa.

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