Mt. Lavinia District Court receives new equipment for virtual hearings

The Mt. Lavinia District Court’s decision to implement virtual hearings from 1 September onwards was appreciated by Minister of Justice M.U.M. Ali Sabry (PC) yesterday (14), who provided the court with brand new IT equipment for the process.

The provision of these facilities is an outcome of a recent decision taken by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to identify the requirements of all Courts around the island and create a database to fulfill those requirements. Under this programme, the officers of the MoJ made special visits to each Court to identify the said requirements.

Under Phase One of the programme, ICT and technical equipment worth Rs. 30 million and office furniture worth Rs. 8 million will be distributed among the courts, and procurement for the Phase Two has also commenced. In addition, a special mechanism has been devised to carry out the minor refurbishments of Court buildings through the support of respective Divisional Secretaries.

Justice Ministry Secretary Priyantha Mayadunne, Additional Secretary Thushara Suraweera, Private Secretary to the Hon. Minister Janaka Ranatunga, Chief Legal Advisor of the Civil Law Reforms Sub-committee Lasitha Kanuwanaarachchi, Director Reforms Madhushanka Dissanayake, and Mt. Lavinia Bar Association President Jagath Halpandeniya were also present at the handover yesterday.