Speaker certifies Covid-19 (Temporary Provisions) Bill

The Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dammika Dasanayake announced that the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions) Bill was certified by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on August 23.

The Bill was passed in Parliament without a vote on Aug. 17 and has come into force from Aug. 23.

A media release issued by the Parliament communication unit states :

“The purpose of this is to make temporary provisions in relation to situations where persons were unable to perform certain actions required by law to be performed within the prescribed time periods due to Covid-19 circumstances; to assign alternative courts where a court cannot function due to Covid-19 circumstances; to conduct court proceedings using remote communication technology to facilitate the control of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19); to grant relief in relation to parties to certain contracts who were unable to perform contractual obligations due to Covid-19 circumstances and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”

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