Priyasath Dep

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Priyasath Dep

ප්‍රියසාත් ඩෙප්
45th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
In office
2 March 2017 – 12 October 2018
Appointed byMaithripala Sirisena
Preceded byK. Sripavan
Succeeded byNalin Perera
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
In office
10 July 2011 – 2 March 2017
Appointed byMahinda Rajapaksa
40th Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
In office
Appointed byChandrika Kumaratunga
Preceded byC. R. De Silva
Succeeded byEva Wansundera
Personal details
BornOctober 1953
Alma materUniversity of Colombo
International Institute of Social Studies

Justice Priyasath Dep PC (Sinhala: ප්‍රියසාත් ඩෙප් ; born October 1953) is a Sri Lankan judge and lawyer. He was the 45th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and a former Solicitor General of Sri Lanka.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Dep's father was Arthur C. Dep a police officer, who retired as a Deputy Inspector General of Police. Educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo, where he excelled in studies, athletics, rugby, and soccer. Dep obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies at the University of Colombo. He represented the university in rugby and cricket.

Legal career[edit]

Studying law at the Sri Lanka Law College, he was called to bar in October 1976 and began his legal practice. In January 1978, he joined the Attorney General's Department as a State Counsel. In February 1989 he was promoted to Senior State Counsel and in February 1996 he was promoted to Deputy Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor General in October 1999. He was appointed a President's Counsel in April 2000. In 2007, he was appointed Solicitor General and served in this post till 2011. During his tenure in the Attorney General’s Department, Dep won a scholarship by the Dutch Government that enabled him to acquire a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Law at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. As a prosecutor he was involved in the Amarapala (Deputy Director of Customs) Murder case, Inoka Sevwandi Murder and the Sujith Prasanna Perera (Superintendent of Customs) Murder. He had served as the head of the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department.[2]

Judaical career[edit]

In 2011, he left the Attorney General’s Department, when he was appointed to a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.[3] On February 27, 2017 he was nominated by the Constitutional Council as the 45th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and was sworn in in March.[4]


  1. ^ "Sri Lanka named two new Supreme Court judges". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  2. ^ At a glance: Sri Lanka’s 45th CJ Priyasath Dep
  3. ^ Malalasekera, Sarath. "Judge's role pivotal in administering justice". Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  4. ^
Legal offices
Preceded by
Kanagasabapathy Sripavan
Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Nalin Perera
Preceded by
C. R. De Silva
Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Eva Wansundera