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The Legislative Power of Parliament

Provisions in the 1978 Constitution

4 (a).

The legislative power of the People shall be exercised by Parliament, consisting of elected representatives of the People and by the People at a Referendum.

75.

Parliament shall have power to make laws, including laws having retrospective effect and repealing or amending the Constitution.

76.

Parliament shall not abdicate or in any manner alienate its legislative power, and shall not set up any authority with any legislative power subject to the provisions of Article 76(2)(3)and(4).

152.  

Standing Order 133 - A Bill or a Motion to authorise or impose charges on the Consolidated Fund or any other fund of the Republic or to impose, repeal augment or reduce any tax will have to be introduced only by a Minister with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

Language of Legislation

23.

All laws and subordinate legislation shall be enacted or made and published in Sinhala and Tamil together with a translation in English.

 

Constitutional jurisdiction of the Supreme Court

118.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be the highest and final superior Court of record in the Republic and shall subject to the provisions of the Constitution exercise-

-   Jurisdiction in respect of constitutional matters;

120.

The Supreme Court shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to determine any question as to whether any Bill is inconsistent with the Constitution and also to determine the constitutionality of any Bill under Articles 82, 83 and 84.

121.

When a petition has been filed in Supreme Court against a Bill under Article 120, no proceedings shall be had in Parliament in relating to the Bill until the determination of the Supreme Court is announced in Parliament.

123.

The determination of the Supreme Court shall state whether the Bill is inconsistent with the Constitution and is required to comply with the provisions of Articles 82, 83 and 84.

124.

Subject to the Articles 120 and 121, no Court or any other institution has authority to inquire into the constitutionality of such Bill.

125.

The Supreme Court shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine any question relating to the interpretation of the Constitution.

 

Duties of the Attorney-General relating to Bills

77.

The Attorney-General shall examine every Bill for any contravention of the requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of Article 82 and whether they are to be passed by the special majority. In the case of an amendment proposed to a Bill at the Committee Stage, the Attorney-General shall communicate his opinion to the Speaker.

 

Standing Order 38(2) - Every amendment proposed to a Bill shall be examined by the Attorney-General in terms of Article 77.

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Last Updated on 28-04-2016

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