According to the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has decided to hear only urgent cases from today (6) to the 14th of this month in light of the Covid-19 threat in Colombo.
The Supreme Court had previously agreed not to hear only summons cases from the 3rd to the 7th of this month, but instead to summon other cases, such as cases for review and discussion, on those days.
As a result, the Supreme Court has decided that no cases will be heard in open court between May 6 and 14, 2021, with the exception of emergency cases.
Rajiv Amarasuriya, Attorney-at-Law, Secretary of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka states that new dates will be announced later.
In the same way, the Registrar of the Court of Appeal has informed in a statement that the proceedings of the Court of Appeal will be called in open court only for urgent cases.
As a precautionary measure relating to Covid-19, all cases that were scheduled to be heard/mentioned before all Divisions of the Court of Appeal from 6th May 2021 to 13th May 2021 will not be heard/mentioned as scheduled, the statement said.
The Court of Appeal has stated that all Attorneys-at-Law are requested to file their motions by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Litigants will not be permitted to enter the Court unless his/her presence is required by Counsel and all parties entering Court are requested to strictly maintain at all times, social distancing and strictly adhere to all Health Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health relating to Covid-19.