List of Justices of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

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Shirani Bandaranayake was the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and the first woman to hold the position.

List of Justices of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka[1]

In this list, justices are placed in the order in which they took the judicial oath of office and thereby started their term of office. While many of the justices' positions prior to appointment are simply listed as "lawyer", many had part-time positions, such as teaching, or acted as counsel to various levels of government.

Justices[edit]

     † Denotes current justices
  • Began as Provisional Puisne Justice


No. Name Province Birth/death Term of
active service
Term of
service as Chief
Length in days of active
service
Length
in days as Chief
Appointed by Law school Position prior to appointment
1 Codrington Edmund Carrington England 1769 - 1849 March 1801 – 2 April 1806 March 1801 – 2 April 1806 North
Counsel to the East India Company
2 Edmund Henry Lushington England 1766 - 1839 1801 – 1809 15 April 1807 - 1809 North University of Cambridge Barrister
3 Alexander Johnston Scotland 1775 - 1849 1807 – 1811 6 November 1811 - 1819 Maitland University of Göttingen Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
4 William Coke
University of Oxford Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
5 Henry Byrne
Barrister
6 Ambrose Hardinge Giffard Ireland 1771 – 1827 8 April 1819 – 2 March 1827 2,885 Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
7 Richard Ottley 1 November 1827 – 1833
8 Henry Matthews 1789 – 1828
Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
9 Charles Marshall 14 June 1828 – 1833♦ 18 February 1833 – 3 March 1836 1,109 Barnes
10 William Norris 1834 – 27 April 1836 27 April 1836 – 1837 Wilmot-Horton Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
11 William Rough -
12 John Jeremie Guernsey 1795 - 1841 2 October 1835 – 1840
Wilmot-Horton Public prosecutor of Mauritius
13 John Fredrick Stoddart Malta 1805 - 1839 2 June 1838 –
University of Glasgow
14 Anthony Oliphant Scotland 1793 – 1859 22 October 1838 - 1854 Attorney General of the Cape Colony
15 J. G. Hildebrand 23 November 1839 –
16 William Ogle Carr England 1802 - 1856 19 December 1939 - 1856 17 April 1854 – 1856 Stewart-Mackenzie King's Advocate of Ceylon
17 John Stark 1841 –
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
18 Christopher Temple 1856 –
Judge of the District Court of Colombo
19 P. J. Sterling
20 William Carpenter Rowe - 1860 1857 – 1859
21 Edward Shepherd Creasy England 1812 - 1878 27 March 1860 - 1875 University of Cambridge
22 Richard Morgan
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
23 George Lawson
24 Henry Byerley Thompson - 1867 1 January 1863 –
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
25 Charles Henry Stewart
26 Richard Cayley England
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
27 Lovell Burchett Clarence
28 Harry Dias Bandaranaike
29 William Hackett
30 John Budd Phear England
31 Archibald Campbell Lawrie 1837 - 1914 6 July 1892 – 1901
Judge of the District Court of Kandy
32 Jacobus de Wet South Africa
33 Bruce Burnside Bahamas
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
34 John Winfield Bonser
35 George Henry Withers
36 Dodwell Browne
37 Fredrick Charles Moncrieff
38 Henry Lorentz Wendt
39 John Page Middleton 8 January 1902[2]
Puisine Judge of the Supreme Court of Cyprus
40 Charles Layard Western
41 Joseph Richard Grenier
42 Alexander Wood Renton
43 Alfred George Lascelles England
44 Joseph Turner Hutchinson England
45 James Cecil Walter Pereira
46 James Arthur Van Langenburg
47 Thomas De Sampayo 1915 –
University of Cambridge Commissioner of Assize
48 George Francis Macdaniel Ennis
49 Walter Sidney Shaw
50 Gualterus Stewart Schneider
51 Anton Bertram 1869 - 1937 26 July 1918 – 1925 University of Cambridge Attorney General of Ceylon
52 Hermann Albert Loos
53 William Thomas Porter
54 Thomas Garvin 1881 - 1940 1924 – 1935
Manning Colombo Law College Solicitor General of Ceylon
55 John Adrian St. Valentine Jayewardene 1877 – 1927 1923 –
Manning Judge of the District Court of Colombo
56 Llwellyn Chisholm Dalton
57 Lewis Matthew Maartensz
58 Maas Thajoon Akbar 1880 - 1944
University of Cambridge Solicitor General of Ceylon
59 Charles Ernest St. John Branch 1865 - 1939 3 July 1925 – 25 May 1926 Durham University
60 Stanley Fisher 1867 - 11 December 1926 – 1930 Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago
61 Robert William Lyall Grant
62 Allen Drieberg
63 Eugene Wilfred Jayewardene Western 1874 - 1932 May 1928 –
Fletcher Member of the Colombo Municipal Council
64 Philip James Macdonell 1873 - 1940 3 October 1931 – 1936 Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago
65 Lucian Macull Dominic de Silva
66 William Edward Barber
67 Francis Harold Bertram
68 Kenneth Poyser
69 Francis Soertsz - 1951
70 Sidney Abrahams England 1885 - 1957 3 July 1936 – 1939 University of Cambridge
71 Francis Moseley
72 Vincent Fernando
73 Hector Hearne
74 Arthur Eric Keuneman
University of Cambridge
75 Oswald Leslie De Kretser II Western 1882 - 1959 1938 – 1945
Caldecott University College, Colombo Commissioner of Assize
76 Arthur Wijewardena 1887 - 1964 January 1949 – 1950 University of Cambridge Solicitor General of Ceylon
77 J. H. B. Nihill
78 John Curtois Howard 1 December 1939 – 1945 Attorney General of Cyprus
79 G. H. F. Cannon
80 Edward Jayetileke 14 May 1942 – 1950–1952 Caldecott Solicitor General of Ceylon
81 Alan Rose 1952 – 1956
82 A. R. H. Canakeratne
83 Manikku Wadumestri Hendrick de Silva
Attorney General of Ceylon
84 Felix Reginald Dias Bandaranaike I 1861 - 1947
University of Cambridge Judge of the District Court of Colombo
85 Chellappah Nagalingam 1893 - 1958 1947 – 1958
Ceylon Law College Attorney General of Ceylon
86 Ralph Windham
87 Hema Henry Basnayake 1902 - 1 January 1956 – 31 July 1964 3,104 Attorney General of Ceylon
88 Noel Gratiaen
Attorney General of Ceylon
89 E. H. T. Gunasekera
90 M. F. S. Pulle
91 V. L. St. C. Swan
92 H. A. de Silva
93 Kairshasp Choksy Western 1933 -
94 Henry Weerasooriya
95 K. D. de Silva
96 Miliani Sansoni 1964 – 1966
97 Hugh Fernando 1910 - 1976 1966 – 1973
98 Thusew Samuel Fernando
Colombo Law College Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
99 Nadaraja Sinnetamby
100 Lionel de Silva
101 Leonard de Silva
102 Henry Thambiah Northern 1906 – 1997 1960 – 1972
University College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
University of London
Commissioner of Assize
103 Kingsley Herath
104 Asoka Abeyesundere Southern 1906 - 1988
Ceylon Law College
105 Ponnuduraiswamy Sriskandarajah 1905 - 1968 1962 – 1967
Bandaranaike Ceylon University College
Ceylon Law College
Commissioner of Assize
106 Gardiye Punchihewage Amaraseela Silva 1973–1974
107 Lionel Sirimanne
108 Vaithalingam Manicavasagar Western 1906 - 1993 17 December 1964 –
Bandaranaike Colombo Law College Commissioner of Assize
109 Anthony Alles Central 1911 – 2003 1964 – 1974
Bandaranaike University of Ceylon
Ceylon Law College
University of London
Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
110 Veeravagu Sivasubramaniam 1908 - 1985 1966 – 1970
Senanayake University of London Commissioner of Assize
111 George Samerawickrame
112 Victor Tennekoon Central - 1914
University of London
Ceylon Law College
Judge of the Court of Appeal
113 Christopher Weeramantry Western 1926 - 1967 – 1972
Senanayake University of Ceylon
University of London
Commissioner of Assize
114 Oswald Leslie De Kretser III Western 1910 - 1968 – 1972
Senanayake University College, Colombo
University of London
Judge of the District Court of Panadura
115 Samarapilimudalige Wijayatilake
116 Pandita Gunawadena
117 Vincent Thamotheram 1915 - 1970 – 1980
Ceylon University College
Ceylon Law College
Commissioner of Assize
118 Ekanayake Rajapakse Kodippilli Dissanayake Mudiyanseralahamilaye
119 Hector Deheragoda
120 Cuda Banda Walgampaya
121 Jaya Pathirana - 2000 1972 – 1978
122 Dharmadasa Wimalaratne
123 Tellipalai Rajaratnam 1920 - 1994 1972 – 1978
Commissioner of Assize
124 Donald Sirimanne
125 Cyril Udalagama
126 T. A. de S. Wijesundera
127 Malcolm Perera
128 Izadean Mohamed Ismail
129 Joe Weereratne
130 Arulampalam Vythialingam
131 Noel Tittawela
132 Suppiah Sharvananda Northern 1923 - 2007 1974 – 1984 1984 – 1988 Gopallawa Colombo Law College
University of London
133 Somaratne Walpita
134 Wilmot Gunasekera
134 Barnes Ratwatte II 1918 - 2004 – 1983
Ceylon Law College President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
135 Raja Wanasundara
136 Percy Colin-Thomé 1922 - 12 January 1976 – ?
29 December 1981 – ?
Gopallawa University of Ceylon
University of Cambridge
Judge of the High Court of Colombo
137 Neville Samarakoon 1919 - 1990 1977 – 1984 University College, Colombo
Colombo Law College
138 Victor Perera
139 Anton Soza Western 1919 - 2013 26 January 1982 – 3 February 1984
738
Jayewardene University of London Judge of the Court of Appeal
140 Parinda Ranasinghe 1988 – 1991 Colombo Law College
141 Abdul Cader
142 Heevi Rodrigo
143 E. A. D. Atukorale
144 Herbert Thambiah Northern 1926 – 1992 1984 – 1992 1991 – 1991 Jayewardene University of Ceylon
Ceylon Law College
Judge of the Court of Appeal
145 Lucian Hector de Alwis
146 O. S. M. Seneviratne
147 H. A. G. de Silva
Mark Fernando 1941 - 2009 4 March 1988 – 2005
Jayewardene University of Ceylon, Peradeniya
A. R. B. Amerasinghe 1937 - 2013
A. R. N. Fernando
Ameer Ismail 1990 – 1994
Premadasa University of Ceylon
Ceylon Law College
President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Andrew Ranjan Perera
Andrew Somawansa North Western
University of Ceylon President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
P. Ramanathan 1932 - 2006
University of Wales President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
K. M. M. B. Kulatunge
P. A. Ratnayake
S. I. Imam
R. K. S. Suresh Chandra
G. P. S. de Silva 1991 — 1999
Sarath N. Silva 1995 – 16 September 1999 16 September 1999 – 7 June 2009 3,552 Kumaratunga Sri Lanka Law College
University of Brussels
President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Shirani Bandaranayake North Western 1958 - 30 October 1996 – 13 January 2013 18 May 2011 – 13 January 2013 5,919 606 Kumaratunga University of Colombo
University of London
Lawyer
C. V. Vigneswaran Western 1939 - March 2001 – October 2004
Kumaratunga University of Ceylon
Ceylon Law College
Judge of the Court of Appeal
Asoka de Silva 1946 - 1 August 2001 – 17 May 2011 8 June 2009 – 17 May 2011 3,576 708 Kumaratunga University of Peradeniya
University of Colombo
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Nihal Jayasinghe 19 February 2003 –
Kumaratunga Judge of the Court of Appeal
Shiranee Tilakawardane 19 February 2003 -
4,161[3]
Kumaratunga Sri Lanka Law College President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Nimal Gamini Amaratunga January 2005 –
Kumaratunga University of Colombo
International Maritime Law Institute
Judge of the Court of Appeal
Saleem Marsoof February 2005 –
Kumaratunga University of Colombo,
University of San Diego School of Law
President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Kanagasabapathy Sripavan 1952 – 27 March 2008 –
2,298[4]
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College Judge of the Court of Appeal
Chandra Ekanayake November 2008 –
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College Justice of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Fiji
Sathya Hettige 10 July 2011 –
1,098[5]
Rajapaksa University of Colombo President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Priyasath Dep 10 July 2011 –
1,098[6]
Rajapaksa University of Colombo
International Institute of Social Studies
Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
Eva Wansundera North Western 25 July 2012 – present
717[7]
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College
University of Leicester
Attorney General of Sri Lanka
Mohan Peiris 15 January 2013 – 15 January 2013 – 543[8] 543[9] Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College Attorney General of Sri Lanka
Rohini Marasinghe 26 April 2013 – present
442[10]
Rajapaksa Judge of the Court of Appeal
Priyantha Jayawardena 19 May 2014 – present
54[11]
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College
University of Aberdeen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amerasinghe, A. Ranjit B (1986), The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka : the first 185 years, Sarvodaya Book Pub. Services, ISBN 978-955-599-000-4 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27396. p. 219. 10 January 1902.
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Bibliography[edit]

  • Amerasinghe, A.R.B. (1986). The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka : the first 185 years. Ratmalana, Sri Lanka: Sarvodaya Book Pub. Services. ISBN 955599000X.