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  1. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act, No. 10 of 2018. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2018-05-21 | LKA-2018-L-106575

    The Act amends Sections 75 and 76 of the Code increasing the age of criminal liability from eight to twelve years old. The amendment extends this a litte by stating that a child between the ages of twelve and fourteen who has « not sufficient maturity of understanding » is also excepted from criminal liabilty.

  2. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, No. 11 of 2018. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2018-05-21 | LKA-2018-L-106608

    The Act inserts a new section 122A in the Code in order to ascertain the degree of maturity and responsibility for a criminal act committed by a child over the age of 12 years old and under 14 years old. This amendment was adopted in order to enforce the amendment to section 76 of the Penal Code which increases the age of responsibillity for criminal acts.

  3. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Act, No. 5 of 2018. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2018-03-21 | LKA-2018-L-106609

  4. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Act, No. 19 of 2017. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-10-03 | LKA-2017-L-106760

    The Act has been adopted to develop and implement a National Policy and Strategy on Sustainable Development and establish a Sustainable Development Council in order to establish and work towards achieving national goals based on the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in national planning processes, policies and strategies in the relevant ongoing processes in the economic, social and environmental fields.

  5. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, No. 18 of 2016. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-10-17 | LKA-2016-L-103445

  6. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-08-04 | LKA-2016-L-103446

    An Act to provide for the right of access to information to specify grounds on which access may be denied; to establish the Right to Information Commission; to appoint Information Officers; to set out the procedure and formatters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  7. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Microfinance Act, No. 6 of 2016. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-05-20 | LKA-2016-L-103506

    An Act to provide for the licensing, regulation and supervision of companies carrying on microfinance business; the registration of non-governmental organisations accepting limited savings deposits as microfinance non-governmental organizations; for the setting up of standards for the regulation and supervision of microfinance non-governmental organizations and micro credit non-governmental organizations, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  8. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Constitution

    Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-05-15 | LKA-2015-C-100356

  9. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act, No. 4 of 2015. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-03-07 | LKA-2015-L-100355

  10. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Companies (Amendment) Act, No. 13 of 2014. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-04-24 | LKA-2014-L-96956

  11. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Act, No 25 of 2013. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-05-08 | LKA-2013-L-94270

    Makes numerous amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration Act, (Chapter 110) concerning the payment of fees for certain procedures.

  12. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Strategic Development Projects (Amendment) Act, No. 16 of 2013. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-04-23 | LKA-2013-L-94268

    Amends the Schedule to the Strategic Development Projects Act, No. 14 of 2008.

  13. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act, No. 2 of 2013. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-02-06 | LKA-2013-L-94266

    Provides for the extension of the period of detention of persons arrested without a warrant in order to facilitate the conduct of investigations. Dispenses with the conduct of the non-summary inquiry in certain cases. Provides for the taking of depositions of witnesses for the prosecution.

  14. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Elections (Special Provisions) Act, No. 28 of 2011. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-05-25 | LKA-2011-L-92343

    Makes provision for a voter who is subject to a disability to be accompanied by a persons when voting at elections. Amends the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance (Chapter 262), the Parliamentary Elections Act, No. 1 of 1981, the Referendum Act, No. 7 of 1981, the Presidential Elections Act, No. 15 of 1981 and the Provincial Councils Elections Act, No. 2 of 1988.

  15. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act, No. 13 of 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-10-13 | LKA-2010-L-92339

    Amendment of section 25 of the Act.

  16. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Constitution

    Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-09-09 | LKA-2010-C-90063

    Revises articles 31, 32, 41A to 41H (new Chapter concerning the Executive - The Parliamentary Council), 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 61E, 65, 92, 103, 104B, 104E, 107, 109, 11D, 11E, 153, 154, 154R, 155A, 155FF, 155FFF, 155G, 155H, 155J, 155K, 155L, 155M, 156 and 170.

  17. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Maligawatta Janaza and Welfare Society (Incorporation) Act, No. 5 of 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-02-09 | LKA-2010-L-92336

    Establishes the Maligawatta Janaza and Welfare Society, which is a Muslim foundation intended to promote and and ensure the welfare of its members.

  18. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Pulathisi Daruwo Foundation Trust (Incorporation) Act, No. 6 of 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-02-09 | LKA-2010-L-92337

    Establishes the Pulathisi Daruwo Foundation Trust. The objectives of the Foundation are:
    (a) to organize, conduct and develop the educational activities and pre-training activities for the poor children and youth;
    (b) to promote skills of youths;
    (c) to encourage the farmers and to establish young Farmers Organizations;
    (d) to grant opportunities for training for youth in prevocational education, sports activities, leadership, computer, media and Tamil, English and other languages;
    (e) to train persons engaged in activities in furtherance of national unity by conducting seminars, discussions and workshops;
    (f) to commemorate and honour outstanding persons who have contributed towards national unity, by grant of awards, prizes, scholarships and fellowships;
    (g) to establish libraries, archives and centres to preserve and to protect the cultural heritage of all communities in Sri Lanka;
    (h) to promote welfare activities for the benefit of children, women and orphans;
    (i) to provide assistance by way of scholarships, loans advances and grants to deserving students to pursue studies and research in Sri Lanka and abroad;
    (j) to establish and maintain Institutions for the welfare and rehabilitation of the destitute, the disable, the aged, the sick and displaced Persons;
    (k) to promote mutual understanding and co-operation among people irrespective of race and religion; and
    (l) to establish and maintain projects for the protection, management and conservation of the environment.

  19. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry (Incorporation) (Amendment) Ac, No. 1 of 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-01-13 | LKA-2010-L-92330

    The Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry changes its to the Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries. Any reference to the "Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry (Incorporation) Act", is replaced by the words "Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (Incorporation) Act". In addition all reference to the "Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry" is replaced by the words "Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries".

  20. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Strategic Development Projects Act, No. 14 of 2008. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-02-29 | LKA-2008-L-94269

    An Act to promote strategic development projects, to provide a tax free period in relations to identified strategic development projects and provide for matters connected or therewith or incidental thereto.

  21. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act, No. 16 of 2006 - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-04-24 | LKA-2006-L-74477

    Amends sections 2 (scope), 308A and 345. Inserts new sections 286B on "Duty of person providing service by computer to prevent sexual abuse of a child" and 286C on "Duty to inform of use of premises for child abuse". Also inserts a new section 358A on "Debt bondage, serfdom, forced or compulsory labour, slavery and recruitment of children for use in armed conflict". Replaces section 360C on trafficking and inserts sections 360D and 360E on "Offences related to adoption" and on "Soliciting a child". Also amends sections 364, 365, 365A and 365B.

  22. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, No. 34 of 2005. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2005-10-03 | LKA-2005-L-94283

    An Act to provide for the prevention of any act of domestic violence and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  23. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Tsunami (Special Provisions) Act, No. 16 of 2005. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2005-06-13 | LKA-2005-L-94371

    An Act to enable special legal provisions to be made in respect of persons and property affected by the tsunami that occured on December 26 2004 and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

    Part I - Issue of Death Certificates
    Part II - Custody of Children and Young Persons
    Part III - Prescription
    Part IV - Actions under Section 66 of the Primary Courts' Procedure Act
    Part V - Tenants of Premises
    Part VI - Offences in respect of Tsunami Relief Property

  24. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) (amendment) Regulation of 2000.

    Adoption: 2000-07-01 | LKA-2000-R-67213

    Modifies section 14 on the control of publications.

  25. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) (amendment) Regulation of 2000.

    Adoption: 2000-05-16 | LKA-2000-R-67212

    Modifies paragraphs 2 and 2A of the section 19, containing special provisions regarding persons arrested and detained under regulation 18.

  26. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) Regulation, No. 1 of 2000.

    Adoption: 2000-05-03 | LKA-2000-R-67211

    Provides that the President may require, or may delegate to any one the power to require, any person to do any work or render any personal service in aid, or in connection with, national security or the maintenance of essential services.
    Contains provisions on the control of meetings, processions and publications.
    Part I: General (sections 1 to 7)
    Part II: Acquisition and requisitioning of property and requisitioning of personal services (sections 8 to 10B)
    Part III: Control of meetings, processions, publications, firearms and right of entry (sections 11 to 15)
    Part IV: Supervision, search arrest and detention (sections 16 to 22)
    Part V: Offences and penalties (sections 23 to 48)
    Part VI: Investigations, Trials (sections 49 to 62)
    Part VII: Miscellaneous (sections 63 to 72)

  27. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Parliament (Powers and Privileges) (Amendment) Act (No. 27 of 1997).

    Adoption: 1997-10-21 | LKA-1997-L-50140

    Amendments to the Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act (No. 5 of 1978) regarding sanctions for breach of privileges.

  28. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act (No. 21 of 1996). - Legislaton on website

    Adoption: 1996-08-21 | LKA-1996-L-47404

    Establishes a Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka with the function of investigating human rights abuses and making recommendations to the Government to ensure the implementation of international treaties in the field of human rights. S. 28 requires that the Commission be notified of any arrest or detention of a person under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act (No. 48 of 1979) or the regulations under the Public Security Ordinance. The Commission may authorise a person to enter any place of detention to make inquiries.

  29. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Southern Development Authority of Sri Lanka Act (No. 18 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-08-01 | LKA-1996-L-47406

    Establishes a Southern Development Authority of Sri Lanka with the function of promoting development projects in southern Sri Lanka. S. 17 allows the Authority to acquire land through compulsion for development use.

  30. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka Act (No. 30 of 1995).

    Adoption: 1995-12-11 | LKA-1995-L-44236

    Establishes a Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka with the function of developing a Samurdhi National Programme for the improvement of the economic and social conditions of youth, women and disadvantaged groups. The Authority shall have the power to maintain "Samurdhi Centres" at the local level, to operate credit schemes, to arrange and conduct lotteries, and to provide vocational training programmes.

  31. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act, No. 22 of 1993. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1995-10-31 | LKA-1995-L-50744

    Inserts new sections which prohibit child pornography, child prostitution, procurement of persons for prostitution, sexual harassment; defines the offenses of rape and incest.

  32. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act (No. 17 of 1995).

    Adoption: 1995-09-04 | LKA-1995-L-42588

    Amends Consumer Protection Act (No. 1 of 1979) to include food, drink, or any other merchandise deemed by the Commissioner as essential to the life of the community.

  33. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    National Workers' Charter.

    Adoption: 1995-09-02 | LKA-1995-M-51654

    Declares the intention of the Government to ratify, where possible, International Labour Organization Conventions. Declares that the State shall ensure freedom of association and the rights of migrant and disabled workers, and provide for increased access to vocational training, social security schemes, and for the fixing of minimum wages. The State shall furthermore seek to prevent the exploitation of temporary employees, ensure a labour inspection service, and strengthen conciliation and arbitration machinery. For women, the State shall ensure equal opportunity and the enforcement of maternity benefit legislation. Part 7c states that the State shall take steps to prevent the employment of children in industry and domestic service.

  34. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    National Institute of Social Development Act, No. 41 of 1992. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1992-08-17 | LKA-1992-L-31895

    Provides for the establishment of a National Institute of Social Development to advise the Minister regarding plans, programmes and activities for the development of social work and social development education, to conduct and promote studies on the social welfare system and social development programmes, and to make available to the Government and other approved organisations specialist services in social work and social development.

  35. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act (No. 34 of 1992)

    Adoption: 1992-07-28 | LKA-1992-L-31896

    Amends the Consumer Protection Act, No. 1 of 1979 regarding the alteration of labelling and the sale of goods with altered labels, and provides sanctions for contraventions of the Act.

  36. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) Regulations (No. 1 of 1989).

    Adoption: 1989-06-20 | LKA-1989-R-44042

    Allows, in the interest of national security, the seizure of specified property, the suppression of publications, and provides expanded powers of search and detention for security forces.

  37. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Provincial Councils Act 1987, No. 42 1987. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1987-11-14 | LKA-1987-L-6236

    Provides for the composition, financing and procedure to be followed by Provincial Councils established pursuant to the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Part IV concerns the Provincial Public Service Commission. Appointment, transfer, dismissal and discipline of officers of the provincial public service are vested in the Governor of that province (s. 32).

  38. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Conversion of Public Corporations or Government Owned Business Undertakings into Public Companies Act 1987. No. 23.

    Adoption: 1987-05-15 | LKA-1987-L-4711

    Sets forth procedures applicable to the conversion of business undertakings acquired under the Business Undertakings (Acquisition) Act (No. 35 of 1971).

  39. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Conversion of Government Owned Business Undertakings into Public Corporations Act 1987. No. 22.

    Adoption: 1987-05-15 | LKA-1987-L-4712

    Sets forth procedures for converting businesses acquired under the Business Undertakings (Acquisition) Act (No. 35 of 1971) into public corporations.

  40. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Pradeshiya Sabhas Act 1987. No. 15.

    Adoption: 1987-04-16 | LKA-1987-L-4714

    Provides for the establishment of Pradeshiya Sabhas, which are administratives units aimed at facilitating people's effective participation in local government and development functions. Their powers, listed in s. 19, include creating and filling posts, granting pensions, spending funds on maternity and child welfare services, relief activities, etc. Repeals the Town Councils Ordinance and the Village Councils Ordinance.

  41. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Development Councils (Amendment) Act 1987. No. 21.

    Adoption: 1987-04-16 | LKA-1987-L-4717

    Amends the Development Councils Act (No. 35 of 1980), in particular by redefining the functions of the Gramodaya Mandalaya, local bodies empowered to prepare village development plans, and providing measures for increasing productivity and generating employment, and for other purposes.

  42. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Fair Trading Commission Act 1987. No. 1.

    Adoption: 1987-01-22 | LKA-1987-L-3786

    Establishes a Fair Trading Commission for the control of monopolies, mergers and anti-competitive practices and for the formulation of national price policy. Inter alia, the Commission is to have special regard to the efficient operation of public corporations and other objectives of economic and social policy. Repeals the National Prices Commission Law 1975 (No. 42).

  43. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Land Reform (Special Provisions) Act 1986. No. 14.

    Adoption: 1986-06-20 | LKA-1986-L-3141

    Amends the Land Reform Law, No. 1 of 1972, and the Land Reform (Special Provisions) Act, No. 39 of 1981, in various respects, chiefly regarding compensation to landowners.

  44. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (Incorporation) Act (No. 43 of 1981). (Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry (Incorporation) Act (No. 43 of 1981).) - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1981-07-02 | LKA-1981-L-92334

    Establishes the Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry" for the purpose of effectually carrying out and transacting all objects and matters in the Act. The Act sets out the Chamber's objectives, powers, composition and functioning.

  45. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Code Of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979. - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1979 | LKA-1979-L-94267

  46. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of 1978 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. - Constitution (as amended up to 2000) Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1978-08-31 | LKA-1978-C-35655

    Comprised of 172 sections concerning fundamental rights, the executive, legislature and the judiciary. Provides for freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Discrimination on the basis of race, religion, language, caste, sex, and political opinion is prohibited. Grants freedom of speech and expression, peaceful assembly, and freedom of association including the right to form and join a trade union, subject to "such restrictions as may be prescribed by law in the interests of racial and religious harmony or national economy". In a similar vein, all freedoms with the exception of freedom from torture and freedom of thought, conscience and religion, are subject to "such prescriptions as may be prescribed by law in the interests of national security, public order and the protection of public health and morality, or for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others, or of meeting the just requirements of the general welfare of a decmocratic society".

  47. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1954. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1954-08-01 | LKA-1954-L-94470


  48. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Ordinance No. 2 of 1883). - Penal Code

    Adoption: 1883 | Date of entry into force: 1885-01-01 | LKA-1883-L-67628

  49. Sri Lanka - General provisions - Law, Act

    Prisons Ordinance (Cap. 54). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1878-05-01 | LKA-1878-L-94343


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