Language Of The Courts act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Minister of Justice to determine the courts in which Sinhala shall be used for purposes of pleadings and record.

3. Translation of pleadings or records from Sinhala into English.

4. How certain provisions of written law shall have effect in their application to courts to which an Order under section 2 applies.

5. Power of Minister of Justice to make such amendments and modifications of written law as are consequential, and such provisions as are supplementary, to an Order under section 2.

6. Amendment of section 301 of Chapter 20.

7. Amendment of section 57 of Chapter 14.

8. Validation of judgments, decrees, orders and directions of any court, of pleadings filed of record and proceedings recorded in English between 1st January, 1961, and the date of commencement of this Act

30 of 1961.

AN ACT to provide for the use of the Sinhala language for recording the proceedings, and for, pleadings filed of record, in courts of justice and to amend certain provisions of written law relating to the language of the courts.

[Date of Commencement: 10th January, 1961]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Language of the Courts Act.

2. Minister of Justice to determine the courts in which Sinhala shall be used for purposes of pleadings and record.

(1) Where the Minister of Justice is satisfied that any court is provided with the necessary staff and equipment for recording in Sinhala the proceedings in that court and that it is practicable so to do, he may, in consultation with the Prime Minister, by Order published in the Gazette direct that Sinhala shall be used for pleadings filed of record, and for recording the proceedings, in that court.

(2) An Order made and published under subsection (1) shall have the force of law and shall prevail over any other law.

3. Translation of pleadings or records from Sinhala into English.

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