JUDICATURE ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

CHAPTER I

COURTS AND THEIR TERRITORIAL LIMITS

2. The Courts of First Instance.

3. Division of Sri Lanka for judicial purposes.

CHAPTER II

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COURTS OF FIRST INSTANCE

4. Composition of the High Court.

5. District Courts, Small Claims Courts and Magistrates’ Courts.

5A. Judicial day.

5B. Appointment of the Master.

5C. Appointment of the recorder.

6. Appointment retirement of Judges.

7. Salaries of the Judges of the High Court.

8. Appointment of additional Judges.

CHAPTER III

THE HIGH COURT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

9. Criminal jurisdiction.

10. Sentence.

11. Trial by Jury.

12. Trials at Bar.

12A. Jurisdiction of the High Court established under Article 154P of the Constitution in respect of certain offences.

12B. Right of Appeal.

12C. Construction of written law in relation to the offences prosecuted against, in the permanent High Court at Bar.

13. Admiralty jurisdiction.

14. Right of appeal in criminal cases.

15. Right of the AttorneyGeneral to appeal in criminal cases.

16. Right of party aggrieved to appeal in criminal cases.

17. Sittings of the High Court.

18. Contempt of High Court.

CHAPTER IV

DISTRICT COURTS

19. Jurisdiction of District Courts.

19A. Civil jurisdiction.

20. Custody of persons and estates of idiots, persons of unsound mind.

21. Testamentary Jurisdiction.

22. Transfer of Testamentary cases.

23. Appeal.

CHAPTER V

SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

24. Jurisdiction of Small Claims Courts.

25. Costs.

26. Appeal.

27. Where defence or claim in reconvention is beyond jurisdiction of court.

28. Judge of Small Claims Court to execute judgments in appeal.

29. Where value of action is beyond jurisdiction of court.

30. Amicable settlement.

CHAPTER VI

MAGISTRATES’ COURTS

30. Powers and jurisdiction.

31. Right of appeal.

CHAPTER VII

[Repealed]

32. Repealed.

33. Repealed.

34. Repealed.

35. Repealed.

36. Repealed.

CHAPTER VIII

GENERAL PROVISIONS

37. Right of appeal to the Supreme Court.

38. Courts of First Instance to execute judgments in appeal.

39. Objection to jurisdiction.

40. Attorneysatlaw.

41. Right of representation.

42. Refusal to admit, suspension and removal of Attorneyatlaw.

43. Inquiry by disciplinary committee into alleged misconduct of Attorneyatlaw.

44. Disciplinary Committees.

45. Justices of the Peace and Unofficial Magistrates.

46. Transfer of cases.

47. Power of AttorneyGeneral to decide court or place at which inquiry or trial should be held.

48. Provision for continuing any case begun before a Judge becoming disabled.

49. Provisions for hearing of cases where Judge is a party.

50. Conviction or acquittal no bar to any civil action.

51. In what court offences declared punishable by fines or imprisonment generally may be tried.

52. Registrar and other officers of Courts of First instance.

53. Ministerial acts in absence of officers.

54. Injunctions.

55. Contempt proceedings.

56. Transitional provisions.

57. Repealed.

58. Operation of the territorial limits and the Jurisdiction of Court.

59. Court to make appropriate orders in certain matters.

60. Nomination of courts for special categories of cases.

60A. Effect of an Order under section 3.

61. Regulations.

62. Omitted.

63. Interpretation.

SCHEDULES

2 of 1978,

37 of 1979,

71 of 1981,

35 of 1983,

36 of 1983,

50 of 1985,

16 of 1989,

29 of 1991,

30 of 1991,

27 of 1998,

27 of 1999,

31 of 2007,

10 of 2010,

26 of 2017,

9 of 2018.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment and constitution of a system of courts of first instance in terms of article 105(1) of the constitution, to define the jurisdiction of and to regulate the procedure in and before such courts and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the matters aforesaid.

[Date of Commencement: 2nd July, 1979]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Judicature Act.

CHAPTER I

Courts and Their Territorial Limits

2. The Courts of First Instance.

The Courts of First Instance for the administration of justice in the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be—

(a) the High Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka;

(b) the District Courts;

[S 2(b) subs by s 2 of Act 16 of 1989.]

(c) the Small Claims Courts;

[S 2(c) subs by s 2 of Act 16 of 1989.]

(d) the Magistrates’ Courts;

[S 2(d) subs by s 2 of Act 16 of 1989.]

(e) …

[S 2(e) rep by s 2 of Act 18 of 1989.]

3. Division of Sri Lanka for judicial purposes.

For the purpose of the administration of justice Sri Lanka shall be divided into judicial zones, Judicial districts and Judicial divisions within such territorial limits as may in consultation with the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal from time to time be determined by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette:

Provided that the judicial zones, districts and divisions and their respective territorial limits as were in existence on the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 shall continue to be the zones, districts and divisions and their respective territorial limits under this Act until such Order of the Minister is published in the Gazette.

CHAPTER II

Establishment of the Courts of First Instance

4. Composition of the High Court.

The High Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be a Court of record and shall consist of—

(a) not less than ten and not more than one hundred and ten judges, each of whom shall be known as a “Judge of the High Court”;

[S 4(a) subs by s 2 of Act 26 of 2017.]

(b) such Commissioners of the High Court as are appointed under Article 111A of the Constitution.

[S 4 subs by s 2 of Act 35 of 1983.]

5. District Courts, Small Claims Courts and Magistrates’ Courts.

(1) There shall be in such judicial district of Sri Lanka a “District Court” and in every judicial division there shall be a “Small Claims Court” and “Magistrates’ Court” and each such court shall be holden by and before one person to be called the “District Judge”, “Judge of the Small Claims Court” and “Magistrate” respectively.

[S 5(1) subs by s 4(a) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(2) …

[S 5(2) rep by s 3 of Act 71 of 1981.]

(3) Each court referred to in subsection (1) may be held at such convenient place or places within such judicial district or division, as the case may be, as the Minister shall by regulation from time to time appoint:

Provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict or curtail the power possessed by every Judge to hold court at any convenient place within his territorial jurisdiction.

5A. Judicial day.

(1) For the purpose of sittings for conducting trials and inquiries in every Court of First Instance a working calendar day shall be divided into two judicial days, each such judicial day beginning not later than 9.45 am and 1.15 pm respectively.

(2) Trials and inquiries shall be fixed for every web.

(3) Every such judicial day shall, for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) consist of a sitting in open court of a minimum duration of two and a half hours.

(4) Where any Judge of any Court of First instance is unable to comply with the provisions of this section he shall record the reasons for such inability and shall forthwith forward a copy of such reasons to the Judicial Service Commission.

[S 5A ins by s 5 of Act 16 of 1989.]

5B. Appointment of the Master.

(1) There shall be appointed to every such court as may be specified by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette, in consultation with the Chief Justice, an officer to be called the Master.

(2) The Master shall sit separately and exercise all the powers or jurisdiction vested in him by subsection (3).

(3) The Master shall attend to and deal with all pretrial and posttrial matter as arise in the course of a civil proceeding instituted in the court to which he is appointed, including the framing of issues and the recording of admissions:

Provided that it shall be competent for the trial Judge to record such admissions and frame such issues, whether by way of amendment of existing issues or otherwise, as may be considered to be appropriate during the conduct of the trial before; him.

(4) The Master may, with the concurrence of the Judge of the court, submit for determination by such judge any matter which may otherwise have been properly deal with by him.

(5) The judge of any court may refer to the Master any matter of a procedural nature arising in the course of an action instituted in that court after the stage referred to in subsection (3).

(6) The Master shall have the power to do all such acts connected with or incidental or ancillary to, the exercise of the powers and jurisdiction vested in him by
subsection (3), including the maintenance of the Journals of the Court.

[S 5B ins by s 5 of Act 16 of 1989.]

5C. Appointment of the recorder.

(1) There shall be appointed to every court as may be specified by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette, in consultation with the Chief Justice, an officer to be called the Recorder.

(2) The Recorder shall sit separately and exercise all the powers or jurisdiction vested in him by subsection (3).

(3) The Recorder shall attend to and deal with all pretrial and posttrial matters not including sentencing as arise in the course of a criminal proceeding instituted in the Court to which he is appointed, including the recording of admissions and confessions: Nothing in this section shall prejudice the powers of the trial judge to record such admissions as may be considered to be appropriate during the conduct of the trial before him.

(4) The provisions of subsections (4), (5) and (6) of section 5B shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to and in relation to, the powers and functions of a Recorder appointed under subsection (1).

[S 5C ins by s 5 of Act 16 of 1989.]

6. Appointment retirement of Judges.

(1) Every District Judge, Judge of the Small Claims Court and Magistrate and all such Additional Judges and Magistrates of such courts shall be appointed to their offices by the Judicial Service Commission.

[S 6(1) subs by s 4 of Act 71 of 1981; am by s 6 of Act 16 of 1989.]

(2) Every person appointed to be or to act as a Judge or Magistrate, as the case may be, of a Court of First Instance shall before he enters upon his office take and subscribe or make and subscribe the oath or affirmation of office prescribed in the First Schedule hereto.

(3) The age of retirement of a Judge of the High Court (other than a Commissioner of the High Court appointed under Article 111A of the Constitution) shall be sixtyone years.

[S 6(3) subs by s 3 of Act 35 of 1983.]

(4) The age of retirement of all other Judges and Magistrates shall be as provided by rules made under the Public and Judicial Officers (Retirement) Ordinance.

7. Salaries of the Judges of the High Court.

The salaries of the Judges of the High Court shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund.

8. Appointment of additional Judges.

(1) The Judicial Service Commission may appoint as many Additional District Judges, Judges of the Small Claims Court and Magistrate’s Court respectively in as the occasion may require.

[S 8(1) subs by s 5 of Act 71 of 1981; am by s 7(a) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(2) Every Additional District Judge, Judge of the Small Claims Court or Magistrate appointed to any such Court, shall sit separately and exercise all the powers and the jurisdiction vested in the District Court, the Small Claims Court or the Magistrate’s Court as the case may be.

[S 8(2) subs by s 7(b) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(3) Every Magistrate appointed to a judicial division shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Magistrate appointed for every other judicial division, for the purposes of exercising jurisdiction under section 9(b)(iii) of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979.

[S 8(3) ins by s 7(c) of Act 16 of 1989.]

CHAPTER III

The High Court of the Republic of
Sri Lanka

9. Criminal Jurisdiction.

(1) The High Court shall ordinarily have the power and authority and is hereby required to hear, try and determine in the manner provided for by written law all prosecutions on indictment instituted therein against any person in respect of—

(a) any offence wholly or partly committed in Sri Lanka;

(b) any offence committed by any person on or over the territorial waters of Sri Lanka;

(c) any offence committed by any person in the air space of Sri Lanka;

(d) any offence committed by any person on the high seas where such offence is piracy by the law of nations;

(e) any offence wherever committed by any person on board or in relation to any ship or any aircraft of whatever category registered in Sri Lanka; or

(f) any offence wherever committed by any person, who is a citizen of Sri Lanka, in any place outside the territory of Sri Lanka or on board or in relation to any ship or aircraft of whatever category.

(2) The jurisdiction of the High Court shall subject to the provisions of any other law—

(a) in respect of any offence committed wholly or partly in Sri Lanka referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1), be ordinarily exercised by the High Court holden in a judicial zone within which such offence was wholly or partly committed;

(b) in respect of any offence committed in any place referred to in paragraphs (b) to (f) of subsection (1) shall be exercised by the High Court holden in the judicial zone nominated by the Chief Justice by a direction in writing under his hand:

[S 9(2)(b) am by s 6 of Act 71 of 1981.]

Provided that the Chief Justice may, if he deems fit, direct by writing under his hand that the High Court holden in any zone nominated by him shall hear and determine any offence referred to in paragraph (a) would ordinarily have been heard and determined by the High Court holden in any other judicial zone.

[S 9(2)(b) proviso am by s 6 of Act 71 of 1981.]

10. Sentence.

The Judges of the High Court may impose any sentence or other penalty prescribed by written law.

11. Trial by Jury.

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2) all trials in the High Court shall be before a Judge of the High Court sitting alone without a Jury.

(2) Trial in the High Court shall be by Jury before a Judge of the High Court where at least one of the charges is for an offence referred to in the Second Schedule hereto arid the accused elects to be tried by a Jury.

(3) The election by the accused, to be tried by a Jury, shall be made at any time before the commencement of the trial.

[S 11 subs by s 8 of Act 16 of 1989.]

12. Trials at Bar.

(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Act or any other written law, trials at Bar shall be held by the High Court in accordance with the law for the time being in force for offences punishable under the Penal Code and other laws.

(2) The Chief Justice shall nominate a Bench of three Judges of the High Court naming one of them as the Chairman and also specifying the zone where such trial shall be held:

Provided that the Chief Justice shall not by reason of the fact that he has made an order under this subsection be disqualified or precluded from hearing any appeal to the Supreme Court in any matter which is the subject of a direction made by him under this subsection.

12A. Jurisdiction of the High Court established under Article 154P of the Constitution in respect of certain offences.

(1) —

(a) Notwithstanding anything in any other written law, the High Court established by Article 154P of the Constitution for a Province shall, in terms of subparagraph (c) of paragraph (3) of Article 154P of the Constitution hear, try and determine in the manner provided for by written law and subject to the provisions of subsection (4), prosecutions on indictment against any person, in respect of financial and economic offences specified in the Sixth Schedule to this Act, and any other offence committed in the course of the same transaction of any such offence, with three Judges sitting together nominated by the Chief Justice from among the Judges of the High Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the “Permanent High Court at Bar”).

(b) The Minister may, with the concurrence of the Chief Justice increase, by order published in the Gazette, the number of such Courts of the Permanent High Court at Bar.

(2) —

(a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other written law, the Permanent High Court at Bar shall have jurisdiction in respect of offences referred to in subsection (1)—

(i) committed by any person wholly or partly in Sri Lanka; or

(ii) wherever committed by a citizen of Sri Lanka in any place outside the territory of Sri Lanka or on board or in relation to any ship or aircraft of whatever category.

(b) For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that the jurisdiction of any other Court in respect of the offences referred to in the Sixth Schedule, shall continue to be in force.

(3) The jurisdiction of such Permanent High Court at Bar shall—

(a) if such Court is the Court established for the Western Province, be exercised by that Court sitting in Colombo and where necessary in any other place within the Western Province, as may be designated by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette, with the concurrence of the Chief Justice; or

(b) if such Court is the Court established for any other Province, be exercised by that Court sitting in such place within that Province, as may be designated by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette, with the concurrence of the Chief Justice.

(4) —

(a) The Attorney General or, the Director General for the Prevention of Bribery and Corruption on the direction of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, as the case may be, shall, taking into consideration—

(i) the nature and circumstances;

(ii) the gravity;

(iii) the complexity;

(iv) the impact on the victim; or

(v) the impact on the State,

of the offence, referred to in subsection (1), refer the information relating to the commission of such offence to the Chief Justice for a direction whether criminal proceedings in respect of such offence shall be instituted in the Permanent High Court at Bar.

(b) Where the Chief Justice is of the opinion that any one or more of the criteria specified in paragraph (a) has been satisfied in referring information under that paragraph, he may by order under his hand direct that the criminal proceedings in respect of such offence be instituted in the Permanent High Court at Bar.

(5) Where the Chief Justice so directs, a trial before such Permanent High Court at Bar shall—

(a) be held upon indictment by the Attorney General, or the Director General for the Prevention of Bribery and Corruption on the direction of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption;

(b) be held and concluded expeditiously; and

(c) unless in the opinion of the Court, exceptional circumstances exist which shall be recorded, be heard from day to day, to ensure the expeditious disposal.

(6) —

(a) Where any Judge of the Permanent High Court at Bar, dies or resigns or requests to be discharged from hearing the whole or part of any trial, before or after its commencement, or refuses or becomes unable to act, or otherwise ceases to be a Judge of the High Court, the Chief Justice shall, not later than two weeks of such death, resignation, discharge, refusal, inability or other cause, which causes such Judge to cease to be a Judge of such High Court, nominate another Judge of the High Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka in his place, to hear the whole or any part of such trial.

(b) Where a new Judge has been nominated under paragraph (a), it shall not be necessary for any evidence taken prior to such nomination to be retaken and the Permanent High Court at Bar shall be entitled to continue the trial from the stage at which it was immediately prior to such nomination, subject to the proviso to section 48 of this Act.

(7) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act or any other written law, shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to the institution of proceedings and trials before the Permanent High Court at Bar.

[S 12A ins by s 2 of Act 9 of 2018.]

12B. Right of Appeal.

(1) An appeal from any judgment, sentence or order pronounced at a trial held by a Permanent High Court at Bar under section 12A, shall be made within twenty eight days from the pronouncement of such judgment, sentence or order to the Supreme Court and shall be heard by a Bench of not less than five Judges of that Court nominated by the Chief Justice.

(2) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act, or of any other written law governing appeals to the Court of Appeal from judgments, sentences or orders of the High Court in cases tried without a Jury shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to the appeals to the Supreme Court under subsection (1) from judgments, sentences or orders pronounced at a trial held before the Permanent High Court at Bar under section 12A.

(3) Any appeal made under this section shall be heard and disposed of, expeditiously.

[S 12B ins by s 2 of Act 9 of 2018.]

12C. Construction of written law in relation to the offences prosecuted against, in the permanent High Court at Bar.

Where criminal proceedings have been instituted in terms of subsection (4) of section 12A, in the Permanent High Court at Bar, in respect of an offence referred to in subsection (1) of section 12A, a reference to any other court in the relevant law, shall be deemed to be a reference to the Permanent High Court at Bar, with effect from the date on which the indictment is filed in the Permanent High Court at Bar.

[S 12C ins by s 2 of Act 9 of 2018.]

13. Admiralty Jurisdiction.

(1) Admiralty jurisdiction is hereby vested in the High Court and shall ordinarily be exercised by a Judge of the High Court sitting in the judicial zone of Colombo:

Provided that the Minister may by Order published in the Gazette empower a Judge of the High Court sitting in any other judicial zone also to exercise Admiralty jurisdiction and define the territorial limits and the territorial waters2 if any, adjacent thereto for the purpose of the exercise of such jurisdiction.

(2) The Admiralty jurisdiction vested in the High Court shall be as provided for by law for the time being in force. The rules in force immediately prior to the coming into operation of this Act, shall continue to be in force until new rules are made, and any acts done in pursuance of these rules, after the coming into operation of this Act shall be deemed to have been, and to be, validly done.

[S 13(2) subs by s 9 of Act 16 of 1989.]

(3) —

(a) Any person who is dissatisfied with any final judgment given in the exercise of Admiralty jurisdiction may prefer an appeal to the Court of Appeal against such judgment for any error in fact or in law.

(b) Any person who is dissatisfied with any order made in the exercise of Admiralty jurisdiction may appeal against such order to the Court of Appeal for the correction of any error in fact or in law with the leave of the Court of Appeal first had and obtained.

(c) Every appeal to the Court of Appeal and every application for leave to appeal shall be made as nearly as may be in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the Civil Procedure Code.

14. Right of appeal in criminal cases.

Any person who stands convicted of any offence by the High Court may appeal therefrom to the Court of Appeal—

(a) in a case tried with a Jury—

(i) against his conviction on any ground which involves a question of law alone; or

(ii) against his conviction on any ground which involves a question of fact alone, or a question of mixed law and fact; or

(iii) with the leave of the Court of Appeal against the sentence passed on his conviction, unless the sentence is one fixed by law;

(b) in a case tried without a Jury, as of right, from any conviction or sentence except in the case where—

(i) the accused has pleaded guilty; or

(ii) the sentence is for a period of imprisonment of one month of whatsoever nature or a fine not exceeding one hundred rupees:

Provided that in every such case there shall be an appeal on a question of law or where the accused has pleaded guilty on the question of sentence only.

15. Right of the AttorneyGeneral to appeal in criminal cases.

The AttorneyGeneral may appeal to the Court of Appeal in the following cases—

(a) from an order of acquittal by a High Court—

(i) on a question of law alone in a trial with or without a Jury;

(ii) on a question of fact alone or on a question of mixed law and fact with leave of the Court of Appeal first had and obtained in a trial without a Jury;

(b) in all cases on the ground of inadequacy or illegality of the sentence imposed or illegality of any other order of the High Court.

16. Right of party aggrieved to appeal in criminal cases.

(1) A person aggrieved by a judgment, order or sentence of the High Court in criminal cases may appeal to the Court of Appeal with the leave of such court first had and obtained in all cases in which the AttorneyGeneral has a right of appeal under this Chapter.

(2) In this section “a person aggrieved” shall mean any person whose person or property has been the subject of the alleged offence in respect of which the AttorneyGeneral might have appealed under this Chapter and shall, if such person be dead, include his next of kin namely his surviving spouse, children, parents or further descendants or brothers or sisters.

(3) Nothing in this section shall in any way affect the power of the Court of Appeal to act by way of revision in an appropriate case.

17. Sittings of the High Court.

The High Court may subject to the provisions of this Act exercise its jurisdiction within any of the judicial zones specified and in existence under the provisions of section 3, and the Chief Justice may from time to time nominate and assign by writing under his hand a Judge of the High Court to exercise such jurisdiction of the High Court at sittings in the zone, as specified in such writing. Every Commissioner of the High Court appointed under Article 111A of the Constitution shall exercise such jurisdiction of the High Court within the judicial zone specified in his warrant of appointment.

[S 17 am by s 7 of Act 71 of 1981; s 4 of Act 35 of 1983.]

18. Contempt of High Court.

The High Court shall have power and authority to take cognizance of and try in a summary manner any offence of contempt committed against or in disrespect of its authority, and on conviction to commit the offender to jail for a period not exceeding five years. Such imprisonment shall be simple or rigorous as the court shall direct and the offender may, in addition thereto, or in lieu thereof, in the discretion of the court be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding five thousand rupees.

CHAPTER IV

District Courts3

19. Jurisdiction of District Courts.

(1) Every District Court shall be a court of record and shall within its district have unlimited original jurisdiction in all civil revenue, trust, matrimonial, insolvency and testamentary matters, save and except such of the aforesaid matters as are by or under this Act or by virtue of the provisions of any other enactment exclusively assigned by way of original jurisdiction to any other court of vested in any other authority and In the exercise of such jurisdiction to impose fines, penalties and forfeitures and shall in fake manner also have jurisdiction over the persons and estates of persons of unsound mind, minors and wards, over the estates of cestuis que trust and over guardians and trustees and in any other matter in which jurisdiction is given to District Courts by law.

[S 19 subs by s 10 of Act 16 of 1989.]

19A. Civil Jurisdiction.

Every District Court shall have cognizance of and full power to hear and determine all pleas, suits and actions in which a party defendant shall be resident within the district in which any such suit or action shall be brought, or in which the cause of action shall have arisen within such district or where the land in respect of which the action is brought lies, or is situate wholly or partly within such district, or the contract sought to be enforced was made within such district.

[S 19A ins by s 11 of Act 16 of 1989.]

20. Custody of persons and estates of idiots, persons of unsound mind.

(1) Every District Court shall have the care and custody of the persons and estates of all idiots and persons of unsound mind and others who by reason of their mental or physical infirmities, or both such infirmities, are incapable of looking after or managing their persons or their affairs as the case may be and are resident within its district with full power to make them wards of the court and to appoint guardians and curators of all such persons and their estates, and to make order for the maintenance of such persons and the proper management of their estates, and to take proper securities for such management from such guardians and curators, and to call them to account, and to charge them with any balance which may be due to any such persons as aforesaid, or to their estates, and to enforce the payment thereof and to take order for the secure investment of any such balance; and such guardians and curators from time to time remove and replace as occasion may require.

(2) When any person is made a ward of court under subsection (1) he shall not be removed from Sri Lanka without the leave of court which may be granted subject to such terms and conditions as the court may by order impose including orders for security. Any person knowingly removing or assisting in such removal without leave of court shall be liable to be punished as for a contempt of court.

(3) The jurisdiction and powers of District Courts under this section as regards the charge of the property of persons of unsound mind and mentally deficient persons shall extend to the charge of the property in Sri Lanka of persons of unsound mind and mentally deficient persons who are not resident in Sri Lanka and may be exercised by any District Court within whose territorial limits any such property is situate.

(4) A “mentally deficient person” means a person mentally ill or feeble and incapable of managing his own affairs though not adjudicated a person of unsound mind in accordance with the law for the time being in force.

21. Testamentary Jurisdiction.

Every District Court shall have full power and authority subject to and in accordance with the law in force for the time being—

(1) to appoint according to the law in force for the time being administrators of the estates and effects of any persons dying either intestate, or who may not by any last will or testament have appointed any executor or trustee for the administration of such estates or effects, whether such estates or effects may be within such district or any other district or districts within Sri Lanka;

(2) to inquire into and determine upon the validity of any document or documents adduced before it as and for the last will and testament of any person who may have died leaving property in Sri Lanka, and to record the same, and to grant probate thereof;

(3) to appoint administrators for the administration or execution of the trusts of any such last will or testament as aforesaid in cases where the executors or trustees thereby appointed shall not appear and take out probate thereof, or having appeared and taken out such probate, shall have resigned their office or shall by death or otherwise become incapable to carry any such trust fully into execution; and

(4) to take proper securities from all executors (whenever it shall seem to the court expedient to require the same) and all administrators of the last wills and testaments of any deceased persons or of the estates and effects of any persons who may have died interstate, and from the Attorneys of any executors who may apply for administration of the last wills and testaments of any deceased persons for the faithful performance of such trusts, and for the proper accounting in such court for what may come into their hands or be by them expended in the execution thereof and to call them to account; and when it shall seem to such court expedient, to cause all accounts rendered by them to be duly and carefully audited and examined and to charge them with any balance which may from time to time remain in their hands, applicable for the performance of such trusts and to enforce the payment thereof, and to take order for the secure investment of any such balances and the apportionment and payment thereof among and to such persons as shall be found entitled to the same, and such administrators from time to time to remove and replace as occasion may require.

22. Transfer of Testamentary cases.

Where any court shall, under the provisions of this Chapter, have issued probate of the will or letters of administration of the estate or effects of any person who shall have left property within the jurisdiction of any other court, or where any application for such probate or letters of administration shall have been made to any court, it shall be lawful for the Court of Appeal, on application showing good grounds therefor, to make order for the transfer of any cause, suit, action, or matter in regard to any such probate or administration so pending in any such court, to such other court; and the court to which the same shall be so transferred shall take cognizance thereof, and have power and jurisdiction in all respects with regard thereto as effectually to all intents and purposes as the court which originally had cognizance of the same.

23. Appeal.

(1) Any person who is dissatisfied with, any judgment pronounced by a District Court in any civil action, proceeding or matter to which he is a party may prefer an appeal to the Court of Appeal against such judgment for any error in fact or in law.

(2) Any person who is dissatisfied with any order made by a District Court in the course of any civil action, proceeding or matter to which he is or seeks to be a party, may prefer an appeal to the Court of Appeal against such order for the correction of any error in fact or in law, with the leave of the Court of Appeal first had and obtained.

[S 23 subs by s 12 of Act 16 of 1989.]

CHAPTER V

Small Claims Courts

[Subs by s 18 of Act 16 of 1989.]

24. Jurisdiction of Small Claims Courts.

(1) Every Small Claims Court shall be a court of record and shall have exclusive original jurisdiction and shall have cognisance of and full power to hear and determine all actions in which the debt, damage, or demand does not exceed such sum as may be specified by the Minister by an Order published in the Gazette and in which the party or parties defendant is or are resident within the jurisdiction of such court, or in which the cause of action has arisen within such jurisdiction and all proceedings under Chapter LXVIA of the Civil Procedure Code where the land or any part thereof is situate within the jurisdiction of such court, and all hypothecary action in which the amount claimed does not exceed such sum as may be specified in such order, and the land hypothecated, or any part thereof is situated within the jurisdiction of such court, and also all actions in which the title to, interest in, or right to the possession of any land is in dispute, and all actions for the partition or sale of land:

Provided that the value of the land or the particular share, right, or interest in dispute or to be partitioned or sold does not exceed such, sum as may be specified in such Order and the same or any part thereof is situate within, the jurisdiction of such court, and shall exercise any other jurisdiction as may be vested in it by any other law:

Provided always that such court shall not have cognizance of any action for criminal conversation, or for seduction, or for breach of promise of marriage, or for separation a menses thorn, or for divorce, a vinculo matrimonii, or for declaration of nullity of marriage.

(2) An Order made under subsection (1) shall not have effect until it is approved by Parliament and notification of such approval, is published in the Gazette.

25. Costs.

It shall be lawful for the judge of every such court, in pronouncing his judgment or order in any case; to make such order respecting the payment of costs and expenses as to him shall appear just and reasonable.

26. Appeal.

Any person who is dissatisfied with any final judgment of the Small Claims Court in any action, proceeding or matter or an order having the effect of a final judgment of such court may, (except where such right is expressly disallowed) appeal to the High Court established by Article 154P of the Constitution for the province in which such Small Claims Court is situated, against any such judgment or order, with, the leave of such Small Claims Court or where such leave is refused, with the leave of such High Court. The High Court may in the exercise of its appellate jurisdiction in respect of such judgments or orders, affirm, reverse, modify or correct any such order or judgment according to law or may give directions to the Small Claims Court from which the appeal has been preferred or order a new trial or further hearing, on such terms as such High Court shall think fit.

27. Where defence or claim in reconvention is beyond Jurisdiction of Court.

Where in any proceeding before any Small Claims Court any defence or claim in reconvention of the defendant involves matter beyond the jurisdiction of the Court, such defence or claim in reconvention shall not affect the competence or duty of the Court to dispose of the matter in controversy in so far as it relates to the demand of the plaintiff and the defence thereto and the claim in reconvention:

Provided that in such case it shall be lawful for the Court of Appeal or any Judge thereof, if it shall be thought fit, on the application of any party to the proceeding, to order that the whole proceeding be transferred from the court in which it is instituted to some court having jurisdiction over the whole matter in controversy and in such case the record in such proceeding shall be transmitted by the Registrar of the Court to the court to which by such order the proceeding is so transferred and the same shall thenceforth be continued and proceeded in such, court as if it had been originally commenced therein.

28. Judge of Small Claims Court to execute judgments in appeal.

The Judge of every Small Claims Court shall conform to and execute all such judgments, orders, and decrees of the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal or High Court established by Article 154P of the Constitution as shall be made and pronounced in any appeal, in like manner as any original judgment or order pronounced by the said Judge could or might have been executed.

29. Where value of action is beyond Jurisdiction of Court.

Where there is evidence that the value of any action filed in any Small Claims Court is over the monetary jurisdiction of that Court, the Judge shall make order accordingly and shall record such fact and thereupon the action shall stand removed to the appropriate District Court.

430. Amicable settlement.

It shall be the duty of the Judge of the Small Claims Court by all lawful means to endeavor to bring the parties to an amicable settlement where appropriate and to remove, with their consent, the real cause of grievance it any, between them.

CHAPTER VI

Magistrates’ Courts

30. Powers and Jurisdiction.

Every Magistrates Court shall have and exercise all powers and authorities and perform all duties which Magistrates’ Courts are empowered and required to have, exercise and perform by virtue of the provisions of the Penal Code or of the law relating to criminal procedure or of any other enactment for the time being in force in any way empowering or requiring them in that behalf. For the purposes of this section “law relating to criminal procedure” shall mean the Code of Criminal Procedure Act.

31. Right of appeal.

Any party aggrieved by any conviction, sentence or order entered or imposed by a Magistrate’s Court may subject to the provisions of any law appeal therefrom to the Court of Appeal in accordance with any law, regulation or rule governing the procedure and manner for so appealing.

CHAPTER VII

PRIMARY COURTS …

[Rep by s 14 of Act 16 of 1989.]

32. …

[S 32 rep by s 14 of Act 16 of 1989.]

33. …

[S 33 rep by s 14 of Act 16 of 1989.]

34. …

[S 34 rep by s 14 of Act 16 of 1989.]

35. …

[S 36 rep by s 14 of Act 16 of 1989.]

36. …

[S 36 rep by s 14 of Act 16 of 1989.]

CHAPTER VIII

General Provisions

37. Right of appeal to the Supreme Court.

There shall be a right of appeal to the Supreme Court in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and of any other law from any judgment or order of the Court of Appeal in any appeal from the High Court, the District Courts, the Small Claims Courts or the Magistrates’ Courts.

[S 37 am by s 15 of Act 16 of 1989.]

38. Courts of First Instance to execute judgments in appeal.

Every Court of First Instance shall in all cases of appeal from such court to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court conform to and execute all such judgments, orders and decrees of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as the case may be, as shall be made and pronounced in such appeal in like manner as though such judgment, order or decree was made and pronounced by such Court of First Instance.

39. Objection to Jurisdiction.

Whenever any defendant or accused party shall have pleaded in any action, proceeding or matter brought in any Court of First Instance neither party shall afterwards be entitled to object to the jurisdiction of such court, but such court shall be taken and held to have jurisdiction over such action, proceeding or matter:

Provided that where it shall appear in the course of the proceedings that the action, proceeding or matter was brought in a court having no jurisdiction intentionally and with previous knowledge of the want of jurisdiction of such court, the Judge shall be entitled at his discretion to refuse to proceed further with the same, and to declare the proceedings null and void.

40. Attorneysatlaw.

(1) The Supreme Court may in accordance with rules for the time being in force admit and enroll as Attorneysatlaw persons of good repute and of competent knowledge and ability.

(2) When any order has been duly made for the admission of any person as an Attorneyatlaw of the Supreme Court the Registrar of the Supreme Court shall and he is hereby required at the time of such admission to issue and deliver to such person so admitted a writing under the hand of such Registrar and the seal of the said court certifying the admission of such person as an Attorneyatlaw as aforesaid and the stamp duty specified in item 1 of Part V of Schedule A to the Stamp Ordinance shall be payable on such admission.

(3) The provisions of subsection (2) relating to stamp duty shall be deemed to have come into force on January 1, 1974.

41. Right of representation.

(1) Every Attorneyatlaw shall be entitled to assist and advise clients and to appear, plead or act in every court or other institution established by law for the administration of justice and every person who is a party to or has or claims to have the right to be heard in any proceeding in any such court or other such institution shall be entitled to be represented by an Attorneyatlaw.

(2) Every person who is a party to any proceeding before any person or tribunal exercising quasijudicial powers and every person who has or claims to have the right to be heard before any such person or tribunal shall unless otherwise expressly provided by law be entitled to be represented by an Attorneyatlaw.

42. Refusal to admit, suspension and removal of Attorneyatlaw.

(1) The Supreme Court shall have the power to refuse to admit and enroll any person applying to be so admitted and enrolled as an Attorneyatlaw and shall if required to do so by the applicant, assign and declare in open court the reasons for such refusal.

(2) Every person admitted and enrolled as an Attorneyatlaw who shall be guilty of any deceit, malpractice, crime or offence may be suspended from practice or removed from office by any three Judges of the Supreme Court sitting together.

(3) Before any such Attorneyatlaw shall be suspended or removed as hereinbefore provided a notice containing a copy of the charge or charges against him and calling upon him to show cause within a reasonable time why he should not be suspended or removed, as the case may be, shall be personally served on him If however, personal service cannot be effected, the Supreme Court shall order such substituted service as it may deem fit:

Provided however that every such Attorneyatlaw may be suspended by any Judge of the Supreme Court on such cause as aforesaid pending the final decision of the Supreme Court.

(4) It shall be the duty of the presiding officer of any court or other tribunal administering justice before which any Attorneyatlaw is found guilty of any crime or offence which may be prescribed to forthwith report such fact to the Supreme Court which may if it thinks fit suspend such Attorneyatlaw from practice pending the final determination of any appeal from such finding of guilty or a proceeding under subsection (3) whichever is later.

43. Inquiry by disciplinary committee into alleged misconduct of Attorneyatlaw.

(1) Where the Chief Justice or any Judge of the Supreme Court considers it expedient or necessary for the purpose of enabling the Court to determine whether or not proceedings should be taken for the suspension from practice or the removal from office of any Attorneyatlaw, the Chief Justice or any other Judge of the Supreme Court may by order direct that a preliminary inquiry into any alleged misconduct of such Attorneyatlaw shall be held by a disciplinary committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka constituted in accordance with the succeeding provisions of this Act.

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall be construed as to require the Supreme Court or any Judge thereof to direct that a preliminary inquiry be held as therein provided, before proceedings are taken under section 42(3) in relation to any Attorneyatlaw.

(3) No member of such disciplinary committee, nor the secretary thereof shall, in respect of any act or thing done or omitted to be done by him in his capacity as such member or secretary, be liable to any action, prosecution or other proceeding in any civil or criminal court.

44. Disciplinary Committees.

(1) The Chief Justice shall appoint a panel of not less than fifteen members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka for the purposes of constituting disciplinary committees for holding inquiries required by the preceding section.

(2) Every person appointed to the panel shall be a member thereof for a period of three years from the date of his appointment, unless he is earlier removed therefrom by the Chief Justice acting in his discretion, or earlier vacates the office by resignation or by ceasing to be a member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Every member of the panel who vacates office as such by effluxion of time shall be eligible for renomination and reappointment.

(3) Any casual vacancy in the panel may be filled by the Chief Justice.

(4) Where any inquiry is required under section 43 to be held by a disciplinary committee, the Chief Justice shall appoint three persons from amongst the members of the panel to constitute the disciplinary committee for the purpose of the inquiry, and shall appoint one of them to be the chairman of the committee.

45. Justices of the Peace and Unofficial Magistrates.

(1) The President of the Republic of Sri Lanka, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Ministers of State and the officers (whether holding office permanently or temporarily) enumerated in the Fifth Schedule hereto shall be exofficio Justices of the Peace for the Republic of Sri Lanka or for such portion thereof respectively as is indicated in the said Schedule.

(1A) The Minister may by regulation specify the officers (whether holding office permanently or temporarily) who shall be exofficio Justices of the Peace for the Republic of Sri Lanka or for any portion thereof, respectively, as is indicated in such regulation.

[S 45(1A) ins by s 2 of Act 29 of 1991.]

(2) The Minister may, from time to time by notice published in the Gazette, appoint such persons as shall be named in such notice to be Justices of the Peace for the Republic of Sri Lanka, or for such zones, districts or divisions as to the Minister shall seem expedient.

(3) The Minister may, from time to time by notice published in the Gazette, appoint any Justice of the Peace who is an Attorneyatlaw to be an Unofficial Magistrate for any judicial division or divisions, and any Justice of the Peace so appointed shall have all the powers and authority vested by this Act in Magistrates’ Courts save and except the power and authority to hear, try and determine any criminal case.

(4) Every Justice of the Peace and every Unofficial Magistrate appointed under subsections (2) and (3) shall take and subscribe or make and subscribe an oath or affirmation of office in such form as may be determined by the Minister before a Judge of the High Court, District Judge, Judge of the Small Claims Court or Magistrate, and every such Judge is empowered and required, upon application on that behalf, to administer the same and to enter in the records of his court that the said oath or affirmation was duly administered and taken by him, and forthwith to transmit a copy of such entry to the Registrar of the Supreme Court to be entered in the records of that court.

[S 45(4) am by s 16 of Act 18 of 1989.]

(5) All persons who on the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation were Justices of the Peace or Unofficial Magistrates respectively shall continue to hold such office and be deemed to have been appointed for all purposes under this Act.

46. Transfer of cases.

(1) Whenever it appears to the Court of Appeal—

(a) that a fair and impartial trial cannot be had in any particular court or place; or

(b) that some questions of law of unusual difficulties are likely to arise; or

(c) that a view of the place in or near which any offence is alleged to have been committed may be required for the satisfactory inquiry into or trial of the same; or

(d) that it is so expedient on any other ground,

the court may order upon such terms as to the payment of costs or otherwise as the said court thinks fit, for the transfer of any action, prosecution, proceeding or matter pending before any court to any other court and accordingly in every such case, the court to which any such action, prosecution, proceeding or matter is so transferred shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this or any other law, take cognizance of and have the power and jurisdiction to hear, try and determine such action, prosecution, proceeding or matter, as fully and effectually to all intents and purposes as if such court had an original power and jurisdiction.

(2) Every application for transfer of any action, prosecution, proceeding or matter under this section shall be supported by an affidavit setting out the grounds on which it is based.

(3) The Court of Appeal, in making an order for transfer under this section may if it thinks fit, direct that the court to which such action, prosecution, proceeding or matter is transferred shall call all or any of the witnesses who have been examined before the court from which the transfer is made, and take their evidence afresh.

47. Power of AttorneyGeneral to decide court or place at which inquiry or trial should be held.

(1) Whenever it appears to the AttorneyGeneral that it is expedient that any inquiry into or trial of any criminal offence shall be transferred from any court or place, to any other court or place, it shall be lawful for the AttorneyGeneral in his discretion by his fiat in writing to designate such lastmentioned court or place, and such inquiry or trial shall be held accordingly on the authority of such fiat which shall be filed of record with the proceedings in such inquiry or trial so transferred as aforesaid.

(2) Any person aggrieved by a transfer made under such fiat of the AttorneyGeneral may apply to the Court of Appeal, by motion supported by affidavit, setting out the grounds for such application for retransfer or for transfer to any other court or place of such inquiry or trial, and the Court of Appeal may after notice to the AttorneyGeneral, who shall, if he thinks fit, be heard to show cause against such motion, if it considers that good cause has been shown why the application shall be granted, make order accordingly.

(3) Every person making an application for a transfer under this Chapter shall give to the AttorneyGeneral and also to the accused or complainant as the case may be, notice in writing of such application together with a copy of the grounds on which it is made. No order shall be made on the merits of the application unless and until at least fortyeight hours have elapsed between the receipt of such notice and the hearing of such application. Every accused person making an application for a transfer under the preceding section may be required by the Court of Appeal, in its discretion, to execute a bond with or without surety conditioned that he will, if convicted, pay the cost of the prosecution.

48. Provision for continuing any case begun before a Judge becoming disabled.

In the case of death, sickness, resignation, removal from office, absence from Sri Lanka, or other disability of any Judge before whom any action, prosecution, proceeding or matter, whether on any inquiry preliminary to committal for trial or otherwise, has been instituted or is pending, such action, prosecution, proceeding or matter may be continued before the successor of such Judge who shall have power to act on the evidence already recorded by his predecessor, or partly recorded by his predecessor and partly recorded by him or, if he thinks fit, to resummon the witness and commence the proceedings afresh:

Provided that where any criminal prosecution, proceeding or matter (except on an inquiry preliminary to committal for trial) is continued before the successor of any such judge, the accused may demand that the witnesses be resummoned and reheard.

[S 48 proviso subs by s 2 of Act 27 of 1999.]

49. Provisions for hearing of cases where Judge is a party.

(1) Except with the consent of both parties thereto, no Judge shall be competent, and in no case shall any Judge be compellable, to exercise jurisdiction in any action, prosecution, proceeding or matter in which he is a party or personally interested.

(2) No Judge shall hear an appeal from or review any judgment, sentence or order passed by himself.

(3) Where any Judge who is a party or personally interested, is a Judge of the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal, the action, prosecution, proceeding or matter to or in which he is a party or is interested, or in which an appeal from his judgment shall be preferred, shall be heard or determined by some other Judge or Judges of the said court:

Provided that in every other case some other Judge of the High Court, the District Court, Small Claims Court and the Magistrates’ Court, as the case may be, of any adjoining zone, district or division shall have jurisdiction to hear, try and determine such action, prosecution, proceeding or matter.

[S 49(3) proviso am by s 17 of Act 16 of 1989.]

50. Conviction or acquittal no bar to any civil action.

The alleged commission of a crime or offence, or the conviction or acquittal of any person of a crime or offence, shall not be a bar to a civil action for damages against such person at the instance of any person who may have suffered any injury, or who may allege that he has suffered an injury, loss or damage from or by reason or the commission of any such crime or offence.

51. In what court offences declared punishable by fines or imprisonment generally may be tried.

Where any crime or offence is declared by any written law to be punishable by such punishment as the court before which a conviction is obtained may impose or by such fine or imprisonment as the aforesaid court may impose, such crime or offence may be tried within the zone, district or division, as the case may be, in which the crime or offence was committed, in any court having criminal jurisdiction which the AttorneyGeneral may elect for the prosecution of such crime or offence, jurisdiction for such purpose being hereby given to such court. However, the accused person shall, in case of conviction, receive no larger amount of fine, or longer term of imprisonment than the court by which he is tried is empowered to impose in the exercise of its ordinary Jurisdiction. Such right of electing the court may be exercised by the AttorneyGeneral, even where the prescribed maximum punishment exceeds that which a Magistrate’s Court of Primary Court is empowered to impose.

52. Registrar and other officers of Courts of First instance.

(1) There shall be appointed to the High Court and to each of the District Courts, Small Claims Courts and Magistrates’ Courts established under this Act, a Registrar, a Deputy Fiscal and such other officers as may be necessary for the administration and for the due execution of the powers and the performance of the duties of such courts including the service of process and the execution of decrees of court and other orders enforceable under any written law.

[S 52(1) subs by s 18(a) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(2) Subject to the provisions of the Constitution the Registrar of the High Court shall act under the supervision, direction and control of the President of the Court of Appeal.

(3) Every Deputy Fiscal appointed to a court shall be responsible for the service of process issued by that court and the execution of decrees and orders made by that court and shall act under the supervision, direction and control of the fiscal.

[S 52(3) ins by s 18(b) of Act 16 of 1989.]

53. Ministerial acts in absence of officers.

During the absence from duty of any ministerial or other officer of any court who is authorised or required by law to sign any process of the court or certificate or other document or execute any instrument or perform any other specified duty or function, the Judge of the court shall have power to direct any other officer of the court to sign such process, certificate or document, execute such instrument or perform such duty or function, and every act done in that behalf by such officer in conformity with any such direction of the Judge shall be deemed to be valid and effectual for all purposes.

54. Injunctions.

(1) Where in any action instituted in a High Court, District Court or a Small Claims Court, it appears—

[S 54(1) am by s 19(a) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(a) from the plaint that the plaintiff demands and is entitled to a judgment against the defendant, restraining the commission or continuance of an act or nuisance, the commission or continuance of which would produce injury to the plaintiff; or

(b) that the defendant during the tendency of the action is doing or committing or procuring or suffering to be done or committed, or threatens or is about to do or procure or suffer to be done or committed, an act or nuisance in violation of the plaintiffs rights in respect of the
subjectmatter of the action and tending to render the judgment ineffectual, or

(c) that the defendant during the pendency of the action threatens or is about to remove or dispose of his property with intent to defraud the plaintiff, the Court may, on its appearing by the affidavit of the plaintiff or any other person that sufficient grounds exist therefor, grant an injunction restraining any such defendant from—

(i) committing or continuing any such act or nuisance;

(ii) doing or committing any such act or nuisance;

(iii) removing or disposing of such property.

(2) For the purposes of this section, any defendant who shall have by his answer set up any claim in reconvention and shall thereupon demand an affirmative judgment against the plaintiff shall be deemed a plaintiff, and shall have the same right to an injunction as he would have in an action brought by him against the plaintiff for the cause of action stated in the claim in reconvention, and the plaintiff shall be deemed the defendant and the claim in reconvention the plaint.

(3) Such injunctions may be granted at any time after the commencement of the action and before final judgment after notice to the defendant, where the object of granting an injunction will be defeated by delay, the court may enjoin the defendant until the hearing and decision of the application for an injunction but for periods not exceeding fourteen days at a time.

[S 54(3) subs by s 19(b) of Act 16 of 1989.]

55. Contempt proceedings.

(1) Every District Court, Small Claims Court and Magistrates’ Court shall, for the purpose of maintaining its proper authority and efficiency, have a special jurisdiction to take cognizance of, and to punish with the penalties in that behalf as hereinafter provided, every offence of contempt of court committed in the presence of the court itself and all offences which are committed in the course of any act or proceeding in the said courts respectively, and which are declared by any law for the time being in force to be punishable as contempt of court.

[S 55(1) am by s 20(a) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(2) The following sentences of fines or imprisonment as the case may be, may be imposed on conviction for contempt by the following courts respectively, namely—

(a) by a District Court fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred rupees or imprisonment, either simple or rigorous, for a period not exceeding two years;

[S 55(2)(a) am by s 20(b)(i) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(b) by the Small Claims Court and the Magistrate’s Court fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred rupees or imprisonment either simple or rigorous for a period not exceeding eighteen months.

[S 55(2)(b) subs by s 20(b)(ii) of Act 16 of 1989.]

(c) …

[S 55(2)(c) rep by s 20(b)(iii) of Act 16 of 1989.]

56. Transitional provisions.

(1) All civil actions, proceedings or matters pending in the District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts in respect of matters which by this Act are within the jurisdiction of a District Court, Family Court or Primary Court on the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1, shall stand removed to the appropriate District Court, Family Court or Primary Court, as the case may be, and such court shall have jurisdiction to take cognizance of, hear and determine or to continue and complete the same, and the judgments and orders of the aforesaid District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts delivered or made before the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation shall have the same force and effect as if they had been delivered or made by the appropriate District Court, Family Court or Primary Court, as the case may be:

Provided that any such civil action, proceeding or matter in which the adducing of evidence has commenced as at the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 in the District Court or Magistrate’s Court, as the case may be, shall be heard and determined by the said District Court or Magistrate’s Court.

(2) All criminal actions, proceedings or matters pending in any District Court on the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 shall stand removed to the High Court, and such court shall have jurisdiction to take cognizance of, hear and determine or to continue and complete the same, and the judgments and orders of the aforesaid District Court delivered or made before the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 shall have the same force and effect as if they had been delivered or made by the High Court:

Provided that any such criminal action, proceeding or matter in which the adducing of evidence has commenced as at the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 in the District Court shall be heard and determined by the said District Court.

(3) All criminal actions, proceedings or matters pending in any Magistrates Court which by the provisions of this Act are within the jurisdiction of a Primary Court, on the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 shall stand removed to the appropriate Primary Court and such Primary Court shall have jurisdiction to take cognizance of, hear and determine or to continue and complete the same, and the judgments and orders of the Magistrate’s Court aforesaid delivered or made before the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 shall have the same force and effect as if they had been delivered or made by the appropriate Primary Court:

Provided that any criminal action, proceeding or matter in which the adducing of evidence has commenced as at the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 in the Magistrate’s Court shall be heard and determined by the said Magistrate’s Court.

57. …

[S 57 rep by s 21 of Act 16 of 1989.]

58. Operation of the territorial limits and the Jurisdiction of Court.

Where by virtue of the provisions of this Act, any area previously forming part of the jurisdiction of any District Court or Magistrate’s Court is excluded therefrom, and any action, proceeding or matter in the court on the day preceding the date on which the provisions of this section are brought into operation1 ceases lobe within the jurisdiction of that court by reason only of the exclusion of that area, such action, proceeding or matter may, notwithstanding anything in this Act, be heard and determined or continued and completed by that court as if such area had not been excluded from the Jurisdiction of that District Court or Magistrate’s Court, as the case may be.

59. Court to make appropriate orders in certain matters.

If any matter or question of procedure shall arise before any court, in consequence of the coming into operation of the provisions of this Act, or in respect of any matter, or question of procedure not provided for by this Act, the court shall have the power to make such orders and give such directions as the court considers necessary to prevent injustice and as the justice of the case may require.

60. Nomination of courts for special categories of cases.

The Minister may by regulation with the concurrence of the Chief Justice nominate the High Court holden in any specified judicial zone or a court or courts anywhere in Sri Lanka to hear and determine such categories of civil or criminal proceedings or any other matters as shall be specified in such regulation and accordingly such court or courts shall notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this or any other written law in regard to the territorial limits of the jurisdiction of such courts have jurisdiction to hear and determine all such proceedings or matters:

Provided that the nomination of any such court or courts shall not affect the jurisdiction of any other court to hear and determine any such proceedings or matters:

Provided further that until regulations are made under this section all regulations made under section 46 of the Administration of Justice Law, No. 44 of 1973, 5and in force on the 2nd day of July, 1979, shall, mutatis mutandis, apply.

60A. Effect of an Order under section 3.

For the avoidance of doubts it is hereby declared that where, by reason of an Order made under section 3, any area of a judicial zone, judicial district or judicial division falls into another or new judicial zone, judicial district or judicial division, the court in which any action, proceeding or matter is pending on the day immediately preceding the date of such Order, shall have full power and jurisdiction to carry on and complete such action, proceeding or matter.

[S 60A ins by s 22 of Act 16 of 1989.]

61. Regulations.

(1) The Minister may make regulations for carrying out or giving effect to the principles and provisions of this Act and for matters required by this Act to be prescribed or in respect of which regulations are authorised by this Act to be made.

(2) Every regulation made by the Minister under subsection (1) shall be published in the Gazette and shall come into force on the date of such publication or on such later date as may be specified in the regulation.

(3) Every regulation shall as soon as convenient after the publication in the Gazette be brought before Parliament for approval and any regulation which is not so approved shall be deemed to be rescinded as from the date of such disapproval but without prejudice to anything previously done thereunder.

(4) The date on which any regulation is deemed to be so rescinded shall be published in the Gazette.

62. …

[6Omitted.]

63. Interpretation.

In this Act—

“The High Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka” shall mean the High Court existing at the date of enactment of this Act and deemed to have been created and established by Parliament in terms of Article 105(2) read with Article 169 (6) of the Constitution;

“District Courts” and “Magistrates’ Courts” shall mean the District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts deemed to be created and established by Parliament in terms of Article 105(2) of the Constitution;

“Commission to Investigate the Allegations of Bribery or Corruption” means the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption established under section 2 of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act;

[Ins by s 3 of Act 9 of 2018.]

“Director General for the Prevention of Bribery and Corruption” means the Director General for the Prevention of Bribery and Corruption appointed under section 16 of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act.

[Ins by s 3 of Act 9 of 2018.]

Schedules

FIRST SCHEDULE

[Section 6(2)]

OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF OFFICE

SECTION 6(2) OF THE JUDICATURE ACT, 1978

I,………………….do solemnly affirm/swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Sri Lanka and that I will well and truly serve the Republic of Sri Lanka and duly and faithfully and to the best of my ability, knowledge and judgment perform the duties of my office as……………….. in accordance with the Constitution and with the law and that I will do all right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of the Republic of Sri Lanka, without fear or favour affection or illwill.

On this…………day of……… 20…………….. at…………..

Before me,

Justice of the Peace.

56 

SECOND SCHEDULE

[Section 11(1)]

(1) —

(a) offence punishable under sections 296.297 and 300 of the Penal Code

(b) offence punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code (except in case where the offence is committed in respect of a woman under sixteen years of age

[Second Schedule item (2) renumbered as item (1) by s 5(b) of Act 37 of 1979; subs by s 2 of Act 27 of 1998.]

2. Offences punishable under section 4(2), and section 4(2) read with section 6(1) of the Offensive Weapons Act.

[Second Schedule item (3) renumbered as item (2) by s 5(b) of Act 37 of 1979.]

3. Abetment and conspiracy for the abetment or commission of the offences described in item 1 above and conspiracy for the commission of the offences described in item 2 above.

[Second Schedule item (4) renumbered as item (3) by s 5(b); item (3) subs by s 5(c) of Act 37 of 1979.]

 

THIRD SCHEDULE

[Third Schedule rep by s 23 of Act 16 of 1989.]

 

FOURTH SCHEDULE

[Fourth Schedule rep by s 23 of Act 16 of 1989.]

 

FIFTH SCHEDULE

[Section 45]

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE FOR SRI LANKA

The Chief Justice

The Leader of the Opposition

Supreme Court Judges; The President of the Court of Appeal

The Judges of the Court of Appeal

The Deputy Speaker

The Chief Government Whip

Deputy Ministers

The Deputy Chairman of Committees

Members of Parliament

The AttorneyGeneral

The Secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers, The Secretary to the President, The Secretary to the Prime Minister, The SecretaryGeneral of Parliament

The Secretaries to the various Ministries

Judges of the High Court

The InspectorGeneral of Police

The SolicitorGeneral

Additional Secretaries to the various Ministries

Legal Draftsman, Bribery Commissioner, Additional SolicitorGeneral, Additional Legal Draftsman

The Public Trustee

The RegistrarGeneral

The Deputy SolicitorsGeneral, Deputy Legal Draftsmen, Senior Assistant Secretaries to the various Ministries, The Deputy SecretaryGeneral of Parliament

[Subs by s 24(a) of Act 16 of 1989.]

The Registrar of the Supreme Court and the Registrar of the Court of Appeal

Deputy InspectorsGeneral of Police

Senior State Counsel, Senior Assistant Legal Draftsmen

[Subs by s 24(b) of Act 16 of 1989.]

State Counsel, Assistant Legal Draftsmen and Assistant Secretaries to the various Ministries7

[Subs by s 24(c) of Act 16 of 1989.]

Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court and Deputy Registrar of the Court of Appeal

Superintendents of Police and Assistant Superintendents of Police other than Probationary Assistant Superintendents of Police

The Registrar of the High Court

The Secretary to the Leader of the House

The Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition

The Secretary, Labour Tribunals

Every District Judge and Magistrates, The Judge of each Small Claims Court The Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission Assistant Secretaries to the Judicial Service Commission The Administrative Officer of the Judicial Service Commission

[Ins by s 2(a) of Act 36 of 1983; am by s 24(d) and (e) of Act 16 of 1989.]

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE FOR PORTIONS OF SRI LANKA

Presidents of Labour Tribunals for the respective areas within which they exercise their jurisdiction

[Subs by s 2(b) of Act 36 of 1983.]

The quazis functioning in areas of jurisdiction of District Courts for such districts.

Members of the board of quazis residing in areas of jurisdiction of District Courts, for such districts in which they reside.

The Additional Registrars of the High Court holden in any zone within the respective zone.

The Registrars of District Courts, Magistrates’ Courts and Small Claims Courts, respectively, and Assistant Secretaries of Labour Tribunals, for the respective areas of jurisdiction of those courts or tribunals.

[Subs by s 24(f) of Act 16 of 1989.]

The Government Agents of the Administrative Districts, for their respective Administrative Districts

The Assistant Government Agents functioning in Administrative Districts, for the respective Administrative Districts in which they function.

The Office Assistants to Government Agents of Administrative Districts, for the respective Administrative Districts of those Government Agents.

The Divisional Assistant Government Agents, for their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Presidents of Labour Tribunals for the respective areas within which they exercise their jurisdiction

All members of Provincial Councils, for the respective Provinces for which such Councils are established

[Ins by s 3(1) of Act 29 of 1991.]

All Councilors of Municipal Councils and Members of Urban Councils, for their respective Municipal Council and Urban Council areas

[Ins by s 2 of Act 50 of 1985.]

The Chairmen ViceChairmen and other members of PradeshiyaSabhas, for the respective PradeshiyaSabha areas for which such PradeshiyaSabhas are constituted

[Subs by s 3(2) of Act 29 of 1991.]

The Chairman of the GramodayaMandalayas, for their respective GramaSevaNiladhari divisions

[Ins by s 2(c) of Act 36 of 1983.]

Officersincharge of Police Stations (including Acting Officersincharge of Police Stations) of, or above the rank of SubInspector of Police, for their respective Police areas

[Ins by s 24(g) of Act 16 of 1989.]

 

 

SIXTH SCHEDULE

[Section 12A(1)]

[Sixth Schedule ins by s 4 of Act 9 of 2018.]

 

Column I

Column II

The law

Section and the offence

Penal Code

366

-

Theft.

 

386

-

Dishonest misappropriation of property.

 

387

-

Dishonest misappropriation of property possessed by a deceased person at the time of his death.

 

388

-

Criminal breach of trust.

 

390

-

Criminal breach of trust by a carrier.

 

391

-

Criminal breach of trust by a clerk or servant.

 

392

-

Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant, or agent.

 

392A

-

Criminal breach of a trust by public servant in respect of money or balance of money.

 

392B

-

Criminal breach of trust by agent in respect of postal articles.

 

394

-

Dishonestly receiving stolen property.

 

395

-

Habitually dealing in stolen property.

 

396

-

Assisting in concealment of stolen property.

 

398

-

Cheating.

 

399

-

Cheating by personation.

 

401

-

Cheating with knowledge that wrongful loss may be thereby caused to a person whose interest the offender is bound to protect.

 

403

-

Cheating and dishonestly inducing a delivery of property.

 

404

-

Dishonest or fraudulent removal or concealment of property to prevent distribution among creditors.

 

405

-

Dishonestly or fraudulently preventing from being made available for his creditors a debt or demand due to the offender.

 

406

-

Dishonest or fraudulent execution of deed of transfer containing a false statement of consideration.

 

407

-

Dishonest or fraudulent removal or concealment of property or release of claim.

 

452

-

Forgery.

 

453

-

Making a false document.

 

455

-

Forgery of a record of a Court of Justice or of a public register of births, etc.

 

456

-

Forgery of a valuable security or will.

 

457

-

Forgery for the purpose of cheating.

 

459

-

Using as genuine a forged document.

 

460

-

Making or possessing a counterfeit seal, plate, and etc, with intent to commit a forgery punishable under section 456.

 

461

-

Making or possessing a counterfeit seal, plate and etc. with intent to commit a forgery punishable otherwise.

 

462

-

Having possession of a forged record or valuable security or will, known to be forged, with intent to use it as genuine.

 

463

-

Counterfeiting a device or mark used for authenticating documents described in section 456 or possessing counterfeit marked material.

 

464

-

Counterfeiting a device or mark used for authenticating documents other than those described in section 456, or possessing counterfeit marked material.

 

467

-

Falsification of accounts.

 

468

-

Possession of any imitation of any currency note, bank note or coin.

 

100, 101, 101A, 102, 113A, 113B

-

Conspiracy and abetment to commit the offences of the Penal Code set out in this Schedule.

Prevention of Money Laundering Act

3

-

Offence of money laundering.

 

4

-

An act amounting to an offence under this section.

 

 

-

Conspiracy and abetment to commit the offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act set out in this Schedule.

Bribery Act

14

-

Bribery of Judicial Officers and Members of Parliament.

 

15

-

Acceptance of gratification by Members of Parliament for interviewing public officers.

 

16

-

Bribery of police officers, peace officers and other public officers.

 

17

-

Bribery for giving assistance or using influence in regard to contracts.

 

18

-

Bribery for procuring withdrawal of tenders.

 

19

-

Bribery in respect of government business.

 

20

-

Bribery in connection with payment of claims, appointments, employments, grants, leases, and other benefits.

 

21

-

Bribery of public officers by persons having dealings with the Government.

 

22

-

Bribery of member of local authority, or of scheduled institution, or of governing body of scheduled institution, and bribery of officer or employee of local authority or such institution.

 

23

-

Use of threats or fraud to influence vote of member of local authority, or of scheduled institution, or of governing body of scheduled institution.

 

23A

-

To own or to have owned property deemed under this section to be property acquired by bribery or property to which property acquired by bribery has or had been converted.

 

24

-

Accept of gratification.

 

25

-

Attempt to commit and abetment of an offence under Part II of the Bribery Act.

 

70

-

Corruption.

 

 

 

Conspiracy and abetment to commit the offences under the Bribery Act, set out in this Schedule.

Offences against Public Property Act

3

-

Theft of public property.

 

5

-

Dishonest misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery and falsification of accounts.

 

 

-

Conspiracy and abetment to commit the offences under the offences against Public Property Act, set out in this Schedule.

Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act

3

-

Offences under the Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act.

 

 

-

Conspiracy and abetment to commit the offences under the Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act set out in this Schedule.

Banking Act

Any act constituting an offence under Banking Act.

Registered Stocks and Securities Ordinance

Any act constituting an offence under Registered Stocks and Securities Ordinance.

Local Treasury Bills Act

Any act constituting an offence under Local Treasury Bills Act.

Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Act

Any act constituting an offence under Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Act.

Regulation of Insurance Industry Act

Any act constituting an offence under Regulation of Insurance Industry Act.

Finance Business Act

Any act constituting an offence under Finance Business Act.

Payment Devices and Frauds Act

Any act constituting an offence under Payment Devices and Frauds Act.

Computer Crime Act

Any act constituting an offence under Computer Crime Act.

Offences under any law for the time being in force relating to transnational organised crime.

 

 

 

1 1st July, 1979.

2 See also sections 2 and 11 of the Maritime Zones Law.

3 Under a subsequent amendment effected to the Judicature Act by Act No. 71 of 1981, every District Court has been deemed to be a Family Court when exercising jurisdiction vested in a Family Court under the Judicature Act or any other written law.

4 Judicature (Amendment) Act, No. 18 of 1989 in its section 13 heading specifies replacement of Sections 24 to 29, but in its body, has also included section 30. That is the reason for Section 30
appearing twice.

5 Repealed by section 62 of Act No. 2 of 1978 with effect from 2nd July, 1979.

6 S 62, repealing Chapter I of the Administration of Justice Law. No. 44 of 1973, and the Conciliation Board Act. No, 10 of 1955 with effect from 2nd July 1979, omitted under the provisions of the Revision of the Legislative Enactments Act.

 

7 In Judicature Act 2 of 1978, Chapter V consisted of sections 24 to 29 and Chapter VI consisted of sections 30 and 31; However, Judicature (Amendment) Act 18 of 1989 section 13 repealed and substituted Chapter V (sections 24 to 29) but the newly substituted chapter had sections 24 to 30; As section 30 mentioned in Chapter VI was neither repealed nor replaced the same is retained.

Recent Updates

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