Judiciary of Sri Lanka

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The judiciary of Sri Lanka is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in Sri Lanka. It is set out in Constitution, which defines courts as independent institutions within the traditional framework of checks and balances.

Sri Lankan courts are presided over by professional judges, judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President with the nomination of the Parliamentary Council, others by the Judicial Service Commission.[1]


Main article: Law of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a legal system which is an amalgam of English common law, Roman-Dutch civil law and Customary Law.


Supreme Court[edit]

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka is the highest judicial instance and final court of appeal.[2][1] It is composed of the Chief Justice and not less than six and not more than ten Puisne Justices. Judges are appointed by the President with the nomination of the Parliamentary Council and serve for a lifetime period (65). The Supreme Court is the final appellate Court and has jurisdiction in constitutional matters.

Court of Appeal[edit]

The Court of Appeal hears all appeals from the High Court and courts of first instance. The court is composed of the President of the Court and not less than six and not more than eleven other Judges.

High Courts[edit]

The High Court has jurisdiction in criminal matters.[1]

District Courts[edit]

The district courts in civil matters.[1]

First Instance Courts[edit]

Magistrate's Courts[edit]

Primary Courts[edit]

Labour Tribunal[edit]

Main article: Labour Tribunal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Judicial System of Sri Lanka". Commonwealth Governance. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "COURTS AND CASES SRI LANKA". lexadin. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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