Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake has informed all heads of State Institutions that they should desist from having direct correspondence with the Chief Justice, Justices of the Supreme Court, officials of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), officials of the Judiciary, Judges of the High Court and District Court or to Magistrates and Additional Magistrates.
He has conveyed this instruction to Ministry Secretaries, Provincial Secretaries, heads of Departments, State Corporations and those that fall under their authority.
The President’s Media Division, issuing a media release, stated that Ekanayake issued this circular in order to maintain transparency and independence of the country’s Judiciary.
Ekanayake has further advised the aforesaid State officials if they have any issues pertaining to the Judiciary only to liaise with the Attorney General and the officials from the AG’s Department.
He said any other issues should be sorted out directly with the Presidential Secretariat only.
The circular however, does not apply to the day-to-day activities of the Ministry of Justice.