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New regulations to be appointed as President’s Counsels gazetted

An Extraordinary Gazette notification has been issued introducing new guidelines for the appointment of President’s Counsels (PCs) on Wednesday (24).

Secretary to the President P.B.Jayasundara has published a special gazette, dated November 22 containing the guidelines approved by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in accordance with the powers vested in the President under the Constitution. The previous gazette notification issued on October 29, 2019 has been rescinded through the new Gazette.

As per the new guidelines, no Attorney-at-Law shall be appointed as a President’s Counsel, unless he or she counts a minimum period of twenty (20) years since being enrolled as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

They are also required to reach eminence in the legal profession and maintain a high standard of conduct and professional rectitude. The relevant individual has to at all times have been of good character and repute, and has not acted in violation of the Constitution.

It is mandatory that the applicant has been registered with the Department of Inland Revenue as a tax payer for a minimum period of five years, prior to the submission by him/her of the application seeking appointment as a President’s Counsel. Meanwhile, the continuous engagement as a Notary Public shall be considered a disqualification.

However, in exceptional circumstances, any person who has completed fifteen (15) years since enrolling as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, may also be considered eligible to apply for the appointment as a President’s Counsel, provided all other requirements. Canvassing by an applicant, either directly or indirectly, in person or through a third party, will be considered a disqualification.

It also mentioned that the number of President’s Counsel appointed per year shall not exceed ten (10).


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