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1. This Law may be cited as the Administration of Justice Law, No. 44 of 1973, and shall come into operation in respect of all or any of its provisions on such date or dates as the Minister may appoint by Order published In the Gazette.
2. Construction of this Law.
3. Repeals.
4. Regulations.
5. Institutions for the administration of justice.
6. Division of Sri Lanka for judicial purposes.
7. Sittings of every court to be public.
8. Constitution of the Supreme Court.
9. Performance of other functions by Judges of the Supreme Court.
10. Seal of the Supreme Court.
11. Appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
12. Supreme Court may issue man dales in the nature of write.
13. Supreme Court may inspect records.
14. Exercise of jurisdiction.
15. Rules of court.
16. Establishment of High Courts, District Courts and Magistrates' Courts.
17. Additional Judges.
18. Appointment of High Court Judges.
19. Concurrent jurisdiction.
20. Criminal Jurisdiction.
21. Power to grant injunction.
22. Election Jurisdiction.
23. Appointment of High Courts for admiralty purposes.
24. Appointment of District Judges.
25. Concurrent jurisdiction.
26. Civil jurisdiction.
27. Criminal jurisdiction.
28. Revenue Jurisdiction.
29. Appointment of Magistrates.
30. Civil jurisdiction.
31. Criminal jurisdiction.
32. Duties of Attorney-General.
33. Admission of attorneys-at-law.
34. Rights and liabilities of attorneys-at-law.
35. Suspension and removal of attorneys-at-law.
36. Advocates and proctors to continue in office.
37. Justices of the Peace and Unofficial Magistrates.
38. State Attorneys.
39. Registrar and other officers of court.
40. Ministerial powers and duties.
41. Power to punish for contempt of court.
42. Powers of courts to grant injunctions.
43. Objection to jurisdiction.
44. Transfer of cases.
45. Power of Attorney-General to decide court or place at which trial should be held.
46. Minister to nominate court for specific categories of offences.
47. Provision for continuing any case begun before a Judge becoming disabled.
48. Provision for hearing of cases where Judge is a party.
49. Conviction or acquittal no bar to any civil action.
50. In what court offences declared punishable by fine or imprisonment generally may be tried.
51. Expenses of witnesses.
52. Criminal Justice Commissions.
53. Pending proceedings.
54. Interpretation.
55. Inquiry and trial of offences.
56. Security for keeping the peace or for good behaviour.
57. Procedure for inquiry.
58. Dispersal of unlawful assembly.
59. Power to compel restoration of abducted females.
60. Action in respect of public nuisance.
61. Conditional order to be made absolute or rescinded.
62. Inquiries into disputes affecting lands.
63. Determination and order of Magistrates.
64. Penalty for contravention of or failure to comply with order.
65. Order not to affect right or interest which may be established in civil suit.
66. Provisions of Conciliation Boards Act not to apply.
67. Duty to give information of crimes and sudden deaths.
68. Inquests of deaths.
69. Information relating to the commission of an offence.
70. Investigation by the Police.
71. Examination by medical practitioner.
72. Taking of finger impressions, specimens of hair, &c, of suspected persons.
73. Search by police officer.
74. Magistrate to assist investigation.
75. When investigation cannot be completed in twenty-four hours.
76. Release of suspect if evidence deficient.
77. Procedure upon completion of investigation.
78. Director of Public Prosecutions may apply for further detention.
79. Warrants of remand or detention.
80. Police reports to be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
81. Contents of police reports.
82. Powers and duties of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
83. Right to institute private prosecution a unaffected.
84. Arrest upon a warrant
85. Arrest by police officer without warrant.
86. Arrest by private persons.
87. Arrest by a judge.
88. Pursuit and re-arrest of person escaping from lawful custody.
89. Assistance from public to Judges, police officers and other persons.
90. Manner of making arrest.
91. Person arrested to be produced before Judge.
92. Power to take bond for appearance.
93. Proclamation for person absconding.
94. Attachment of property of persons absconding.
95. When search warrants may be issued.
96. Search of suspected to contain stolen property.
97. Disposal of things found in search beyond jurisdiction.
98. Search for persons wrongfully confined.
99. Manner of executing search warrant.
100. Court may impound things produced.
101. Powers of Judge when present at
102. Disposal of property seized by a police officer.
103. Grant of bail
104. Quantum of bond.
105. Discharge of surety.
106. Forfeiture of bond.
107. Extension of bond.
108. Contents of charge.
109. Validity of charge.
110. Amendment of indictment or charge.
111. Joinder of charges.
112. Separation of trials of same person on different charges.
113. If offence proved is included in offence charged.
114. If attempt to commit an offence is proved though attempt is not separately charged.
115. If convicted on one charge, remaining charges may be withdrawn.
116. Conditions necessary for the institution of prosecutions in certain cases.
117. Period of proscription for crimes or offences
118. Power of Attorney-General to tender pardon.
119. Corresponding offences.
120. No person to be tried twice for same offence.
121. Plea of previous acquittal or conviction.
122. Power to compel attendance of witnesses.
123. Power to summon material witness or person present.
124. Power to order prisoner to be brought up for examination.
125. Requisites of summons.
126. Summons to be served by registered post.
127. Personal service.
128. Service when person summoned cannot be found.
129. Procedure When personal service Cannot be effected.
130. Proof of service.
131. Summons to run in any part of Sri Lanka.
132. Issue of warrant in lieu of or in addition to summons.
133. Summons to produce document of other thing.
134. Procedure in regard to letters telegrams &c.
135. By whom prosecution may be conducted.
136. Right of accused to be defended
137. Appearance for a corporation in court.
138. Case for pro-section to be explained by court to accused, if he is not represented by an attorney-at-law.
139. Trial may be held in absence of accused.
140. Place of trial.
141. Place of trial in special cases.
142. Evidence to be taken in presence of accused.
143. How evidence to he taken down.
144. Interpretation of evidence to accused.
145. Documentary evidence
146. Court may issue commission for taking evidence of absent witness.
147. Reports of medical and other special witnesses.
148. Affidavits before whom sworn.
149. Power to postpone or adjourn proceedings.
150. Judge to transmit proceedings to Attorney- General when required.
151. Change of Judge during hearing.
152. Detention of offenders attending court.
153. Proceedings may be had on Sundays and holidays.
154. Delivery to military authorities of persons capable of being tried by court-martial.
155. Procedure where accused who is not insane does not under-stand proceedings.
156. Procedure in case of accused being of unsound mind.
157. When accused appears to have been of unsound mind.
158. Persons confined on ground of unsoundness of mind.
159. Procedure relating to offences affecting judicial proceedings.
160. Imprisonment or committal of person refusing to answer or produce document.
161. Punishment for perjury.
162. When evidence of previous conviction or of other cases may be given.
163. Institution of proceedings.
164. Issue of process.
165. Procedure to be adopted if case not triable by Magistrate.
166. Procedure on the appearance of the accused.
167. Admission of offence by accused.
168. Procedure of trial.
169. Verdict and sentence.
170. Proof of previous convictions.
171. Power of Magistrate to discharge accused at any time.
172. Magistrate may examine Information Book.
173. Where trial were appropriate before higher court.
174. If different offence is disclosed in course of proceedings.
175. Accused may be acquitted; in the absence of complainant.
176. Withdrawal of charge by complainant.
177. Accused maybe discharged by Magistrate with sanction of Director of Public Prosecutions.
178. Institutions of proceedings.
179. Contents of Indictment.
180. Indictment to be forwarded to appropriate court.
181. Duty of Judge upon receipt of indictment.
182. Arraignment of accused.
183. Case for the prosecution.
184. Accused may make his defence.
185. When prosecutor entitle to reply.
186. Verdict and sentence.
187. Proof of previous convictions.
188. Attorney General may without prosecution.
189. Institution of proceedings.
190. Contents of indictment.
191. Indictment to be forwarded to appropriate court.
192. Duty of Judge upon receipt of indictment.
193. Trial to be ordinarily by jury.
194. Liability to serve as a juror.
195. Persons who shall not serve as jurors.
196. Persons who shall not serve as jurors except with their own consent.
197. Exemption and excuse from service on jury.
198. Preparation of lists of persons liable to serve as jurors.
199. Panels of jurors to fee prepared from each list.
200. Summons on jurors.
201. Juror not bound to serve more than a fortnight.
202. Juror absenting himself without liable to fine.
203. No proceeding to be invalid by reason of defect or error in jury list or panel.
204. Arraignment of accused.
205. Special jury may be summoned.
206. Number of jury and quorum for verdict.
207. Empanelling of jury.
208. Grounds of objection.
209. Foreman of jury.
210. Discharge of jury or juror.
211. Registrar to read indictment to Jury.
212. Case for the prosecution.
213. Defence.
214. Witnesses in rebuttal and right of reply.
215. View by Jury of place where offence committed.
216. Judge to take notes of evidence.
217. Provisions relating to jury.
218. Charge to jury.
219. Duty of Judge.
220. Duty of jury.
221. Jury may retire to consider verdict.
222. When jury ready to give verdict.
223. Verdict to be given on each charge.
224. Entry and signing of verdict.
225. Discharge of jury when they cannot agree.
226. Judgment in case of convictions.
227. Re-trial of accused.
228. Proof of previous convictions.
229. Discontinuance of prosecutions.
230. Three Judges of the High Court at Bar may try without jury in certain cases.
231. mode of delivering judgment.
232. Judgments of courts other than High Court.
233. Sentence in ease of conviction for several offences at one trial.
234. Limit of punishment of offence which is made up of several offences.
235. Punishment of a person found guilty of one of several offences, where it is doubtful of which of the offences he is guilty.
236. Considerations relevant on the nature of punishment.
237. Sentence of death.
238. Sentence of imprisonment.
239. Suspended sentences of imprisonment.
240. When offender subject to suspended sentence is convicted of subsequent offence.
241. Discovery of further offences
242. Sentence of whipping.
243. Sentence of fine.
244. Payment of fine.
245. Default of payment of fine.
246. Attachment of salary order.
247. Community service order.
248. Obligations of persons subject to community service order.
249. Revocation of community service order.
250. Release of offenders after admonition or conditionally.
251. Power of make probation order.
252. Circumstances in which probation order may be made.
253. Conditions in probation order.
254. Donation of probation order.
255. Modification or cancellation of probation order.
256. Non-compliance with probation order.
257. Effect of probation order.
258. Security for keeping the peace on conviction.
259. Security for keeping the peace on acquittal.
260. Payment of costs and compensation upon acquittal.
261. Payment of costs and compensation upon conviction.
262. Disposal of property regarding which offence committed.
263. Destruction of certain matter.
264. Power to restore possession of immovable property.
265. Non compliance with provisions of Law.
266. Copies of record.
267. Who may issued warrant.
268. Procedure on issues of warrant of commitment.
269. Execution of sentence of death.
270. Execution of sentence of imprisonment.
271. Execution of sentence of whipping.
272. Money ordered to be paid as fines.
273. Sentences of escaped prisoners or absconding accused.
274. Return of warrant on execution of sentence.
275. Interpretation
276. Public Trustee to be sole competent authority in testamentary matters.
277. Duty to report death.
278. Duty to produce will.
279. No action maintainable to recover property of testator or intestate of over twenty thousand rupees unless probate or administration has been granted.
280. Application for probate or administration.
281. Application for administration in case of intestacy.
282. Declaration of assets assessments of estate duty, &c.
283. Interim order.
284. Objections to interim order.
285. Adjudication by court.
286. Interim order to be made final or revoked.
287. Grant not to be made until payment of estate duty.
288. Cash inventory and valuation of property.
289. Insolvent testamentary estates.
290. Administration extends to all property of deceased where-ever situate.
291. Recall of probate or letters.
292. Where no executor applies.
293. Where estate is not completely administrated.
294. Powers to grant prohibits to the corporation.
295. Conflict of claims.
296. Limited and special grants.
297. Compensation of executors and administrators.
298. Rectification of errors in grant.
299. Reference to court.
300. Filing of accounts.
301. Liability of interest.
302. Discovery of property.
303. Intermediate account.
304. Final Accounts
305. Final settlement to be conclusive in certain cases.
306. Order of Public Trustee for distribution of estate.
307. Prescription.
308. Administration of estates by Public Trustee.
309. Resealing in Sri Lanka of probates letters of administration granted outside Sri Lanka.
310. Payment of stamp duty.
311. Offences and penalties.
312. Transitional provisions.
313. Construction of other written law.
314. Interpretation.
315. Appellate proceedings.
316. Appeals in criminal cases.
317. Appeals in civil cases.
318. Notice of appeal.
319. When one of several plaintiffs or defendants may appeal against judgment.
320. Computation of time.
321. Additional steps.
322. Deposit of security.
323. Form of notice of appeal.
324. Notice of appeal may foe amended or rejected.
325. Stay of further proceedings upon acceptance of notice of appeal.
326. Application for leave to appeal.
327. Disposal of application for leave.
328. Stay of further proceedings upon leave being granted.
329. Appeal to be numbered entered on Register of Appeals.
330. Appellant to file written submissions.
331. Form of written sub missions.
332. Respondent may file counter submissions.
333. Appellant file addendum.
334. Respondent to be exempted from filing counter submissions in certain cases.
335. Submissions to be filed in triplicate.
336. Roll of Pending Appeals.
337. Appeal to be listed for hearing.
338. Consolidation of appeals.
339. Procedure at the hearing.
340. Appellant in custody entitled to be present.
341. Supplementary of court.
342. Delivery of judgment.
343. Form of judgment.
344. Decree to be entered.
345. Legal assistance to appellant.
346. Costs.
347. State representation.
348. Powers of court.
349. Appeal from District of Magistrate Courts in criminals cases.
350. Appeal from judgment of High Courts in criminal cases.
351. Withdrawal of appeals.
352. Death or change of status of party to appeal.
353. Effect of error omission or default in complying with the provisions of this Law.
354. Powers of revision.
355. Appeals pending before the Supreme Court.
356. Interpretation.
357. Destruction of Court records
358. Notice praises Destructive.
359. Action consequent to destruction.
360. Interpretation
361. Section - 361
362. Section - 362
363. Section - 363
364. Section - 364
365. Section - 365
366. Section - 366