President appoints 21 judges

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 - 17:12

President appoints 6 Supreme Court Judges and 15 Appeal Court Judges. Arjuna Obeysekera appointed as the President of the Appeal Court.

Marking a new milestone in the judicial system of the country 21 new Judges to superior courts were sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Six new Judges to the Supreme Court and 14 new Judges to the Court of Appeal took oaths before President Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (1).

Judges appointed to the Supreme Court

Hon. Justice A. H. M. Dilip Nawaz
Hon. Justice Kumudini Wickremasinghe
Hon. Justice Anthony Lalith Shiran Gooneratne
Hon. Justice Janak de Silva
Hon. Justice Arachchige Achala Uthpalavarna Wengappuli
Hon. Justice Mahinda Abeysinghe Samayawardhena
Justice Arjuna Obeysekara was sworn in as the President of the Court of Appeal.

Judges appointed to the Court of Appeal

Ms Menaka Wijesundera
Mr D. N. Samarakoon
Mr M Prasantha de Silva
Mr M. T. M. Laffar
Mr C. Pradeep Keerthisinghe
Mr Sampath B Abayakoon
Mr M. S. K. B. Wijeratne
Mr S. U. B. Karalliyadde
Mr R. Gurusinghe
Mr G. A. D. Ganepola
Mrs K. K. A. V. Swarnadhipathi
Mr Mayadunne Corea
Mr Prabaharan Kumararatnam
Mr W. N. N. P. Iddawala
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the gathering pledged to support independence of the judiciary and ensured its functioning is free of politicization and other forms of interference.

“The judicial cadre of both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal has remained static since 1978. Although the necessity of increasing the number of judges in the superior courts has been mooted several times in the past, the number of judges in both courts has remained the same for over forty years. There have been many advancements in the law and litigation has increased exponentially in this time. However, there has not been a corresponding increase in the number of judges”.

The efficient administration of justice is not only important in terms of upholding the rule of law, it is also vital to the economic development of this nation President said adding that reliable, efficient and effective dispute resolution through the justice system will foster the nation’s progress.

Chief Justice Jayantha C Jayasooriya, Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present.

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