Legal Literature in Small Jurisdictions

A Report of a Conference held at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Downsview, Ontario, on 3–5 November 1978

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Implications for the Legal Literature of Sri Lanka from the Change of the Language of the Law

The Official Language Act, 1956, the Language of the Courts Act 1961 and the Constitution of 1972 made provision for the replacement of English as the language of judicial administration by Sinhala, the language of about 70 per cent of the people of Sri Lanka. The place of the minority Tamil language is a subject of dispute, which has not been satisfactorily settled. The near exclusive language of the courts prior to the change, English continues to play an important part in the appeal courts.


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