COLOMBO, May 13, 2021: With support from the United States, the Attorney General’s Department inaugurated a state-of-the-art training center and launched an electronic system to track cases and legal files. These tools will strengthen the ability of justice sector professionals to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka.
“Around the world, U.S. assistance has helped strengthen access to justice and promote good governance, which spurs economic growth and protects human dignity,” said U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Martin Kelly. “The tools inaugurated today will help make administration of justice more efficient.”
The event on May 13 was attended in person by Attorney General Dappula De Livera P.C., Supreme Court Judge Justice Yasantha Kodagoda P.C., Acting Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam P.C., the Secretary of the Ministry of Justice M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, and virtually by DCM Kelly and USAID Mission Director Reed Aeschliman. It featured the launch of the U.S.-supported training facility, electronic diary and file management system, and the Attorney General’s Department website.
According to Attorney General Dappula De Livera, P.C., “This is another first in the 136-year history of the Attorney General’s Department. The opening of the training center is a notable, salutary achievement that meets a long-felt need for continuous learning and professional development.” He further stated that these new tools will “drive the institution from strength to strength.”
The dedicated training facility includes a board room, auditorium, computer laboratory, and other facilities and will support research. The electronic diary and file management system features a schedule of hearings, case assignments, and file tracking and storage to strengthen the security of the data and reduce delays caused by the current manual tracking system.
Assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen the justice sector is one component of the longstanding partnership between the American and Sri Lankan people to support self-reliance and strengthen rule of law. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program in Sri Lanka, totaling more than 350 billion LKR ($2 billion) since 1961, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed population. To find out more about USAID’s work, please see usaid.gov/sri-lanka.