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BASL submits guidelines to ensure safe proceedings of Court function and justice administration

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has submitted its guidelines on measures which could be taken to ensure the safety of everyone during the ongoing third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

These suggestions were submitted to the Chief Justice, President of the Court of Appeal, Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the Minister of Justice

In its guidelines, the BASL has outlined practices that should be followed in Civil Appellate High Courts, Commercial High Courts, High Courts, District Courts And Magistrate Courts.

The BASL has mentioned that even though the outlined guidelines are minimum measures that should be adopted, it suggests that they should be exhaustive and the presiding Judges in consultation with the practitioners should have the liberty of adopting further measures if the situation deems it necessary.

Further, general health measures to apply in all court premises have been outlined. These include sanitation practices, temperature checks, use of face masks, social distancing disinfection of premises at least once a day and abstaining from the use of AC units.

These guidelines were submitted due to the BASL’s deep concern with regard to the present situation of the country following the third wave of the virus and the effect the same would have on the administration of justice and the functioning of Sri Lanka’s Courts.

The guidelines were prepared by the BASL Covid-19 Response Committee chaired by Mr. Lasitha Kanuwanaarachchi and co-chaired by Mr. Tenny Fernando.