The Rector of the Sri Palee Campus of the University of Colombo Prof. Prathiba Mahanamahewa says a large cost will have to be incurred to popularise legal education.
Prof. Mahanamahewa speaking at a media briefing at the Government Information Department yesterday said since gaining independence popularising legal education has not been a priority.
He noted that a legal institution such as a court believes that an ordinary citizen is aware of the law, adding that an individual cannot go before a court and claim they are unaware of the law.
Prof. Mahanamahewa added law must be included in the school subject stream, claiming that universities have recognised that legal education should be included in courses.
He termed this acknowledgement a significant win.
Joining the event, Senior Superintendent of Police Ajith Rohana said civil law has certain limitations.
SSP Rohana said a civil lawsuit can be opened, only after two years of a case being filed according to the Civil Law Ordinance.
He also said a human rights case, whether it be over an assault or an arrest, can be filed only after 30 days of an incident.
The SSP said such matters can only be made aware through knowledge on the law in the country.