U.S. funds training centre, case file system for AG Dept
With support of the United States, the Attorney General (AG) Department inaugurated a state-of-the-art training centre and an electronic system to track cases and legal files. “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 13 May launch event was attended in person by AG Dappula De Livera, Supreme Court Judge Justice Yasantha Kodagoda, Acting Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam, 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 AG Department website. According to De Livera, “This is another first in the 136-year history of the AG Department. The opening of the training centre 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 boardroom, 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 system 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, totalling more than Rs 350 billion (USD 2 billion) since 1961, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed population.