Neville Samarakoon

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Neville Samarakoon
36th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
In office
Appointed byJ. R. Jayewardene
Preceded byVictor Tennekoon
Succeeded bySuppiah Sharvananda
Personal details
Born(1919-10-22)22 October 1919
Spouse(s)Mary Samarakoon
(née Mulholand)
ChildrenJennie, Michael & Romanie
Alma materUniversity College, Colombo
Law College, Colombo
Trinity College, Kandy

Neville Dunbar Mirahawatte Samarakoon, Q.C. (22 October 1919 – 1990) was a Sri Lankan lawyer, who served as the 36th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1984. His father was A. C. W. Samarakoon and his mother was Chandrawathi Mirahawatte Kumarihamy.

He was educated at Trinity College, Kandy, then at University College, Colombo and the Law College, Colombo. He began work as an advocate in 1945, and worked as a Crown Counsel from 1948 to 195, when he returned to private work. He was made Queen's Counsel in 1968. From 1964 to 1977 he was a member of the Bar Council, and sat on the Disciplinary Board for Lawyers from 1971 to 1974, then again in 1976 and 1977.

He was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1977, a post he would hold until retiring in 1984.[1] He was succeeded by Suppiah Sharvananda.[2]


  1. ^ Why no action on judge?
  2. ^ "Overview". Judicial Service Commission Secretariat. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  • SAMARAKOON, Hon. Neville Dunbar Mirahawatte. Who Was Who 1897–2006. (2007).
Legal offices
Preceded by
Victor Tennekoon
Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Suppiah Sharvananda