Delivering a verdict on the importance of an impartial judiciary Sri Lankan police stand guard in front of the Supreme Court while party members of the deposed prime minister Ranil Wickremesingehe-led United National Party handover a petition against the president Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to sack the parliament, in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 12 (Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte).
by SAILESH MEHTA “… I WILL do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of this realm, without fear or favour, affection or ill will…” – this is the judicial oath taken by judges in England and Wales. Similar oaths are taken by judges in many countries all over the world. It is a declaration of judicial independence and a promise to uphold the rule of law. The difficulty arises when the judge’s ruling clashes with the will of a politician, and such occurrences are becoming more frequent. Last week, the supreme court of Sri Lanka…
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