John Budd Phear

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John Budd Phear
13th Chief Justice of Ceylon
In office
18 October 1877 – September 1879
Appointed by James Robert Longden
Preceded by William Hackett
Succeeded by Richard Cayley
Harry Dias Bandaranaike as Acting
Personal details
Born (1825-02-09)9 February 1825
Earl Stonham, Suffolk, England
Died 1890
Spouse(s) Catherine Wreford

Sir John Budd Phear (9 February 1825 - 1905)[1] was a judge and author who was the 13th Chief Justice of Ceylon. He was appointed on 18 October 1877 succeeding William Hackett and was Chief Justice until 1879. He was succeeded by Richard Cayley.[2][3][4] When Phear retired Harry Dias Bandaranaike acted as Chief Justice for 12 days.[2]

Phear was the eldest of three sons of John Phear, rector of Earl Stonham. One of his brothers, Samuel George Phear, became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[1] John Phear also stood as the Liberal parliamentary candidate for Honiton in the reformed 1885 borough elections but ultimately lost to Sir John Kennaway, Conservative candidate and never stood for the seat again.[5]


  1. ^ a b Prior, Katherine. "Phear, John Budd". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35502.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Amerasinghe, A. Ranjit B. (1986). The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka : the first 185 years. Ratmalana: Sarvodaya Book Pub. Services. ISBN 955599000X. 
  3. ^ "Overview". Judicial Service Commission Secretariat. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ John Ferguson (1996) [1887]. Ceylon in the Jubilee Year (Repr. ed.). Asian Educational Services. p. 254. ISBN 978-81-206-0963-1. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
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Legal offices
Preceded by
William Hackett
Chief Justice of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Richard Cayley
Harry Dias Bandaranaike as Acting