Colloquium of judicial officers on tsunami related legal issues
The National Centre for Victims of Crime (NCVC) in co-ordination with
the Judges Training Institute and the Judicial Service Commission has
organized a colloquium of Judicial Officers from the tsunami affected
judicial zones on August 6 at the Eden Hotel, Beruwela. 32 Judicial
Officers from Kayts to Negombo have been invited.
The primary objective of the colloquium would be to focus judicial
attention on the situation of children who have lost one or both parents
and whose care custody and welfare are presently regulated under two
different legal enactments.
The Children and Young Persons Ordinance and Part II of the Tsunami
(Special Provisions) Act No. 16 of 2005. Under the Special Tsunami Law
Magistrates are empowered to make foster care orders in respect of
children who have lost one or both parents.
A discussion on the International Conventions enacted for the
protection of the children, minors would be a subject of discussion led
by Margaret Saldin, UNICEF Consultant for Probation and Child Care
A discussion on psychological aspects of children's experience of
separation and loss would be facilitated by Dr. Diyanath Samarasinghe,
Associate Professor of Psychological Medicine Faculty of Medicine.
Justices J.F. de Soza, Director Judges Institute and Justice P.H.K.
Kulatilake, Deputy Director will moderate the seminar. The Convener,
Center for Victims of Crime, S.S. Wijeratne will introduce the programme.
The programme is supported by the UNICEF.