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No more Law Studies in Sinhala – the Minister of Justice Ali Sabri

Since the beginning of the Sri Lanka Law College, its teachings were conducted only in English. This was done by the British government as a result of Kandyan Pact of 1815 with the intention of the British conquest of the Island.

In 1970, Honourable Sirimavo Bandaranayaka was given the freedom to the children of the nation to receive free education in their own language. Accordingly, the Sri Lanka Law College commenced teaching its subjects in the Sinhala language to law students.

Currently, the Sri Lanka Law College is the only institution that officially allowed to produce lawyers in Sri Lanka, this authority was given by the 276th chapter of the Law Education Council Ordinance.

However, since 2010, the Sri Lanka Law College was depriving the right to receive its education for its students by their own language.

This was further tightened by imposing by-laws on 30 December 2020, therefore, there will be no opportunity to receive studies for law students in their own language at the Sri Lanka Law College.

This was confirmed by The council of Legal Studies publishing the Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2208/13 dated 30 December 2020 with the concurrence of the Minister of Justice Ali Sabri.

This will deprive Sri Lanka citizens right to study law in their own language, which was activated until 2010. As a result law students will not be able to participate in bar examinations in their own language.

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