Notarial Advisory Committee set up to expedite legal action
Cabinet approved a proposal to set up a project steering unit of the Ministry of Justice to speed up legal action and the Justice Ministry appointed the Notarial Advisory Committee headed by Senior Attorney-at-Law G.G. Arulpragasam, comprising committee members representing the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Department, the Registrar General’s Department, Legal Draftsman’s Department, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and senior members of the Bar to look into amendments to the Powers of Attorney Ordinance, the Notaries Ordinance, the Registration of Documents Ordinance, the Wills Ordinance and the Revocation of Deeds of Gift of on the grounds of Gross Ingratitude Act No.05 of 2017.
All four Ordinances were enacted well over 100 years ago during the British regime and some Ordinances have not been amended from the date of enactment.
The significant features of the proposed amendments by the Notarial Advisory Committee to the Minister of Justice to prevent malpractices by notaries, to safeguard the interests of litigants, to expedite the process of law and to avoid unwanted protracted litigation.