Legal System in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, principles adopted from England apply in relation to bills of exchange, sale of goods, partnership, companies, insolvency, banks and banking, maritime matters, insurance, criminal law, procedure and evidence.

English principles also apply in the organizational patterns, practices and traditions of the Courts.

Roman Dutch law principles apply relating to succession, persons, property and obligations.

However, the application of the Roman Dutch Law in these areas is restricted by statutes some of which are based on English principles, judicial decisions or by the operation of Personal laws,

Provincial Appeal Courts and Commercial High Court of Western Province were established in the recent past.

The Administrative Tribunals determine the legal rights and disputes arising for the most part in the course of administering economic legislation and social legislation. These tribunals are entrusted with judicial functions.