Speaker signs Covid-19 Bill into law

By Saman Indrajith

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena certified the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions) Bill yesterday (26).

The Bill was taken up for debate on Aug 16 and passed without a vote on Aug 17.

The objective of the bill 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.

Accordingly, the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 17 of 2021 has come into force with effect from last Monday (23).


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