Law Courts of Hulftsdorp

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DilrukshiH
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,672 contributions
Couples
It was one of the best buildings in Sri-Lanka when it was first built, A well maintained building, its such a refreshing sight compared to the surrounding buildings.
Written November 11, 2014
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Aadhes
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,436 contributions
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I go here everyday for last 26 years. this is a place where you find mixture of Dutch, British and Chinese architecture. Previous superior courts were situated in the present High court and District court premises these were built by Dutch and some were by British. The new Superior Court complex was constructed by the Chinese and its there Architecture. I personally prefer the old complex it is very Majestic. Presently new court complex is under renovations. As one of the reviewer mentioned tourist are not welcomed here it is only for the litigants and Law students. Unlike USA and EU tourists are not allowed to the court complex but if you are a Lawyer or interested in Court proceedings you can get permission from the court registrar/ Judge.
Written May 24, 2014
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Treshi
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,932 contributions
Business
Very very crowded and very commercialized. This is one of the most busiest places in Colombo with many law offices around the place. Used to be very strict with parking and security which is a bit less now.
Written May 20, 2013
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SEs
London, UK25,876 contributions
The Courts complex is built by the Chinese.Nothing much.If you are connected to law may be a drive past.Only lawyers and litigants are allowed others need special permission.Now renavations are taking place.
Written May 31, 2014
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1LifeStand
Colombo, Sri Lanka5,032 contributions
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This misspelt, mispronounced place is called "Aluthkade" (New Bazaar) in Sinhala. Hulftsdorp simply means the village of Hulft. General Gerard Pieterszoon Hulft was a Dutch governor in Sri Lanka.Hulft fell victim to an unidentified gunmen somewhere on Dam Street.

It was the British governor Sir Fredric North who shifted the courts from Fort to Hulftsdorp.

The Hulftsdorp Hill soon became the location of the courts complex which is the largest in Sri Lanka. As you reach the hill top, The Bar Association greets you, to the right is the Supreme Court Complex built in the 1980s. As you pass the Complex to your left is the Law College, Judicial Services Commission and the Magistrates Court. The Legal Aid Commission, The Legal Aid Foundation and The Ministry of Justice are also in the vicinity.

When courts are in session, it is a hive of activity, with litigants, lawyers, drafters of legal documents and even typists who sit with their typewriters on the pavement, add colour to the excitement!

If you want a quieter time to visit, weekends are best. However the neighbourhood is not all that safe and a passer by menacingly told me that I cannot take photos without a Police Permit, which I brushed off. He looked angry and walked away, down Dam Street where there are low income dwellers.
Written April 19, 2013
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hdias
Reigate, UK408 contributions
Solo
The law courts at Hulftsdorp are at the centre of the Sri Lankan legal system. This has been an important place since colonial times. The name of the area is Dutch and many of the court buildings at the heart of the complex are Dutch/British, but badly in need of renovation.

The modern building visible from the road is the Supreme Court built by the Chinese. The latter are involved in many current Sri Lankan infrastructure projects and have replaced the British and other western powers in terms of finance and influence of this strategic island in the sun.

It is called "Aluthkade" locally and a bustling area as the courts are in session every weekday. Discrete visitors are able to walk round the grounds of the colonial square of courts, particularly after 1400h on weekdays when most sittings have concluded and weekends.
Written October 18, 2017
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Sanjeewa A
Colombo, Sri Lanka342 contributions
Supreme Courts and the Court of Appeal are situated in this Complex. All other Courts are situated around.During the day only Litigants and Lawyers will be allowed to enter. Judicial process of SL IS Governed through here. Lovely architecture to enjoy.
Written April 27, 2013
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