Legal Aid Commission undertakes to educate public on land law


President’s Counsel Rohan Sahabandu lighting the traditional oil lamp

One of the primary reasons for many land law issues and a case backlog in courts was lack of awareness of the subject among citizens and public servants. In order to increase public awareness of how the general land law works, the Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka has launched a special programme in keeping with the vision of Chairman of the Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka, President’s Counsel Rohan Sahabandu. There will be a series of awareness programmes countrywide.

The first programmes was conducted at the Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat on December 03 with Divisional Secretary of Kaduwela A.D.Y. Anandani presiding. The topics discussed were the procedures relating to acquiring and forfeiting of proprietary rights and the law on land issues under the Buddhist Temporalities Ordinance. The programme was conducted as an interactive discussion by the senior Lawyer Vidura Ranawaka, Chief Legal Officer of the Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka, Damayanthi Dissanayake and the Assistant Commissioner (Information) of Department of Buddhist Affairs, Sahan Kuruppu.

In addition, A Legal Aid Clinic was carried out by the participation of senior lawyers as a part of the programme from 2pm – 4pm.

Assistant Secretary of Ministry of Education Priyantha Pathberiya, Assistant Divisional Secretariat of Kaduwela, Nishanthi Delphat and the other officers, Police officers in Kaduwela Judicial Area, Law students and the public having legal issues relating to Lands, participated in the event.

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