Minister of Justice (Sri Lanka)

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Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka
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Incumbent
Thalatha Atukorale

since 25 August 2017
Ministry of Justice
NominatorThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe President
Formation26 September 1947
Websitewww.moj.gov.lk

The Minister of Justice is an appointment in the Cabinet of Sri Lanka.

The constitution defines that it is mandatory for a minister of the cabinet to be styled as the Minister of Justice. From 1947 to 1970, per section 48 of the constitution, the Minister of Justice was one of two Ministers appointed from the Senate of Ceylon, as such appointments have been held by Advocates.[1]

List of Justice Ministers[edit]

Parties

  Sri Lanka Freedom Party   United National Party   Sri Lanka Muslim Congress

Name Portrait Party Tenure Head(s) of Government
Sir Lalita Rajapaksa, QC United National Party 26 September 1947 – 1953 D. S. Senanayake
Dudley Senanayake
E. B. Wikramanayake, QC United National Party 1953 – 1956 John Kotelawala
M. W. H. de Silva, QC Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1956 – June 1959 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
Valentine S. Jayawickrema Sri Lanka Freedom Party June 1959 – 1960
Wijeyananda Dahanayake
E. J. Cooray United National Party 23 March 1960 – 21 July 1960 Dudley Senanayake
Sam P. C. Fernando Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 July 1960 – March 1965 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
A. F. Wijemanne United National Party March 1965 – 1970 Dudley Senanayake
Felix Dias Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1970 – 1976 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1976 – 1977
K. W. Devanayagam United National Party 23 July 1977 – 14 February 1980 J. R. Jayewardene
Nissanka Wijeyeratne Nissanka Wijeyeratne United National Party 14 February 1980 – 1988
Vincent Perera United National Party 1989 – 1990 Ranasinghe Premadasa
Abdul Cader Shahul Hameed United National Party 1990 – 1993
Harold Herath United National Party 1993 – 1994 Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
G. L. Peiris G. L. Peiris Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1994 – 2001 Chandrika Kumaratunga
W. J. M. Lokubandara W. J. M. Lokubandara United National Party 2001 – 2004
Amarasiri Dodangoda 2004 – 30 May 2009
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Milinda Moragoda Sri Lanka Freedom Party 30 May 2009 – 23 April 2010
Athauda Seneviratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 April 2010 – 22 November 2010
Rauff Hakeem Rauff Hakeem Sri Lanka Muslim Congress 22 November 2010 – 28 December 2014
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe United National Party 12 January 2015 - 23 August 2017 Maithripala Sirisena
Thalatha Atukorale Thalatha Atukorale United National Party 25 August 2017 - present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ fergusons-ceylon-directory (PDF). historyofceylontea.lk. Retrieved 10 July 2020.

External links[edit]