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 and only 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 or Acting Puisne Justice
  • Tenure demoted to de facto
  • Died in office


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 5 September 1801 – 1809 15 April 1807 - 1809 North University of Cambridge Barrister
3 Alexander Johnston Scotland 1775 - 1849 15 April 1807 – 14 February 1809
6 November 1811 - 1819
6 November 1811 - 1819 671+? Maitland University of Göttingen Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
4 William Coke England 1776 - 1818 6 March 1809 – 1 September 1818 ♦† 6 March 1809 – 1811[N 1] 3,466 Maitland University of Oxford Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
5 Henry Byrne 5 November 1818 – 1819
Brownrigg Barrister
6 Ambrose Hardinge Giffard Ireland 1771 – 1827 8 April 1819 – 2 March 1827 8 April 1819 – 2 March 1827 2,885 2,885 Brownrigg Trinity College, Dublin Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
7 Richard Ottley 1782 – 1845 8 May 1820 – 1833 1 November 1827 – 1833 Barnes Chief Justice of Grenada
8 Henry Matthews England 1789 – 1828 10 October 1827 – 1828
Barnes King's College, Cambridge Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
9 Charles Marshall England 1788 - 1873 14 June 1828 – 3 March 1836♦ 18 February 1833 – 3 March 1836 2,850 1,109 Barnes Jesus College, Cambridge
10 William Rough England 1772 - 1838 18 February 1833 - 1838
Trinity College, Cambridge
11 William Norris 1834 – 1837 27 April 1836 – 1837 Wilmot-Horton Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon
12 John Jeremie Guernsey 1795 - 1841 10 March 1836 – 1840
Wilmot-Horton Public prosecutor of Mauritius
13 John Fredrick Stoddart Malta 1805 - 1839 2 June 1838 – 19 August 1839†
443
University of Glasgow
14 Anthony Oliphant Scotland 1793 – 1859 22 October 1838 - 1854 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 10 October 1840 –
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
18 Christopher Temple 28 January 1854 –
Judge of the District Court of Colombo
19 Paul Ivy Sterling 20 November 1855 –
Attorney General of Hong Kong
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 11 January 1867 – ♦[N 2]
26 Richard Cayley England 26 July 1874 – 1882 1 October 1879 – 1882
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
27 Lovell Burchett Clarence 5 July 1879 –
28 Harry Dias Bandaranaike 5 July 1879 – [N 3]
29 William Hackett 3 February 1877 - 1877 3 February 1877 - 1877
30 John Budd Phear England 18 October 1877 –
31 Archibald Campbell Lawrie 1837 - 1914 6 July 1892 – 1901
Judge of the District Court of Kandy
32 Jacobus de Wet South Africa 31 May 1882 – 29 May 1883 31 May 1882 – 29 May 1883 363 363
33 Bruce Burnside Bahamas 21 May 1883 – 1893[N 4] 21 May 1883 – 1893
Queen's Advocate of Ceylon
34 John Winfield Bonser 13 November 1893 – 1902 13 November 1893 – 1902 Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements
35 George Henry Withers
36 Dodwell Browne
37 Fredrick Charles Moncrieff 4 April 1900 –
38 Henry Lorentz Wendt 15 October 1901 – 28 November 1910
39 John Page Middleton 28 January 1902 – 1912
Puisine Judge of the Supreme Court of Cyprus
40 Charles Layard Western 26 April 1902 – 18 June 1906 26 April 1902 – 18 June 1906 1,514 1,514
41 Joseph Richard Grenier 28 November 1910 – 1912♦[N 5]
42 Alexander Wood Renton 3 September 1905 – 1918 22 August 1914 - 1918
43 Alfred George Lascelles England 1 May 1911 – 1914 1 May 1911 – 1914
44 Joseph Turner Hutchinson England 23 October 1906 – 1 May 1911 23 October 1906 – 1 May 1911 1,651 1,651
45 James Cecil Walter Pereira 4 July 1912 –
46 James Arthur Van Langenburg
47 Thomas De Sampayo 1915 –
University of Cambridge Commissioner of Assize
48 George Francis Macdaniel Ennis 5 August 1912 –
49 Walter Shaw 10 December 1914 –
Chief Justice of British Honduras
50 Gualterus Stewart Schneider
51 Anton Bertram 1869 - 1937 26 July 1918 – 1925 26 July 1918 – 1925 University of Cambridge Attorney General of Ceylon
52 Hermann Albert Loos
53 William Thomas Porter 12 January 1922 –
54 Thomas Garvin 1881 - 1940 21 June 1921 – 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 14 March 1925 –
57 Lewis Matthew Maartensz 18 February 1935 –
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 3 July 1925 – 25 May 1926 326 326 Durham University
60 Stanley Fisher 1867 - 11 December 1926 – 1930 11 December 1926 – 1930 Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago
61 Robert William Lyall Grant 17 February 1926 –
62 Allen Drieberg 19 September 1927 –
63 Eugene Wilfred Jayewardene Western 1874 - 1932 May 1928 –
Fletcher Member of the Colombo Municipal Council
64 Philip James Macdonell 1873 - 1940 3 October 1930 - 1936 3 October 1930 - 1936 Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago
65 Lucian Macull Dominic de Silva
66 William Edward Barber
67 Francis Harold Bertram 19 February 1935 –
68 Kenneth Poyser
69 Francis Soertsz - 1951 12 November 1936 –
70 Sidney Abrahams England 1885 - 1957 3 July 1936 – 1939 3 July 1936 – 1939 University of Cambridge
71 Francis Moseley 2 August 1936 –
72 Vincent Fernando 11 November 1937 –
73 Hector Hearne 21 May 1937 –
74 Arthur Eric Keuneman 4 March 1938 –
University of Cambridge
75 Oswald Leslie De Kretser II Western 1882 - 1959 8 April 1938 – 1945
Caldecott University College, Colombo Commissioner of Assize
76 Arthur Wijewardena 1887 - 1964 22 August 1938 – 1950 15 January 1949 – 1950 University of Cambridge Solicitor General of Ceylon
77 J. H. B. Nihill 18 November 1938 –
78 John Curtois Howard 1 December 1939 – 1945 1 December 1939 – 1945 Attorney General of Cyprus
79 G. H. F. Cannon
80 Edward Jayetileke 14 May 1942 – 11 October 1951 1950 – 11 October 1951 3,437 Caldecott Solicitor General of Ceylon
81 Alan Rose 11 January 1945 – 1956 11 October 1951 – 1956
82 A. R. H. Canakeratne 1886 - 1960 28 March 1945 –
Ceylon Law College University of London Commissioner of Assize
83 Manikku Wadumestri Hendrick de Silva
Attorney General of Ceylon
84 Felix Reginald Dias Bandaranaike I 1861 - 1947 3 September 1946 –
University of Cambridge Judge of the District Court of Colombo
85 Chellappah Nagalingam 1893 - 1958 22 July 1947 – 1958
Ceylon Law College Attorney General of Ceylon
86 Ralph Windham 23 July 1947 –
87 Hema Henry Basnayake 1902 - 23 October 1947 – 3 August 1964 1 January 1956 – 3 August 1964 6,129 3,137 Senanayake Attorney General of Ceylon
88 Noel Gratiaen 22 March 1948 –
Senanayake Attorney General of Ceylon
89 E. H. T. Gunasekera 1 March 1949 – 25 January 1962
4,713
Senanayake
90 M. F. S. Pulle 28 September 1949 –
Senanayake
91 V. L. St. C. Swan 1 May 1950 –
Senanayake
92 H. A. de Silva 30 November 1950 –
Senanayake
93 Kairshasp Choksy Western
94 Henry Weerasooriya 10 July 1953 – 24 February 1964
3,881
Senanayake
95 K. D. de Silva 10 July 1953 –
Senanayake
96 Miliani Sansoni 10 May 1954 – 17 November 1966 3 August 1964 – 17 November 1966 4,574 836 Kotelawala
97 Hugh Fernando 1910 - 1976 16 May 1955 – 17 November 1973 20 November 1966 - 17 November 1973 6,760 2,554 Kotelawala
98 Thusew Samuel Fernando 2 May 1956 –
Bandaranaike Colombo Law College Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
99 Nadaraja Sinnetamby 3 May 1956 –
Bandaranaike
100 Lionel de Silva 5 November 1959 – ♦
Dahanayake
101 Leonard de Silva 16 August 1966 –
Senanayake
102 Henry Thambiah Northern 1906 – 1997 1 December 1961 – 27 May 1968
2,369
Bandaranaike University College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
University of London
Commissioner of Assize
103 Kingsley Herath 25 January 1962 –
Bandaranaike
104 Asoka Abeyesundere Southern 1906 - 1988 20 April 1962 – 3 May 1968
2,205
Bandaranaike Ceylon Law College
105 Ponnuduraiswamy Sriskandarajah 1905 - 1968 22 June 1962 – 8 February 1967
1,692
Bandaranaike Ceylon University College
Ceylon Law College
Commissioner of Assize
106 Gardiye Punchihewage Amaraseela Silva 22 June 1962 – 1974 1973 – 1974
Bandaranaike
107 Lionel Sirimanne
Bandaranaike
108 Vaithalingam Manicavasagar Western 1906 - 1993 17 December 1964 – 14 December 1967
1,092
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 18 November 1966 – 9 April 1981
5,256
Senanayake
112 Victor Tennekoon Central 1914 - 8 February 1967 – 1 July 1970
1 January 1974 - 8 September 1977
1 January 1974 - 8 September 1977 1,239+1,346 1,346 Senanayake University of London
Ceylon Law College
Judge of the Court of Appeal
113 Christopher Weeramantry Western 1926 - 1967 – 30 April 1972
Senanayake University of Ceylon
University of London
Commissioner of Assize
114 Oswald Leslie De Kretser III Western 1910 - 1968 – 21 January 1972
Senanayake University College, Colombo
University of London
Judge of the District Court of Panadura
115 Samarapilimudalige Wijayatilake Central 1912 - 1990 1968 – 16 May 1975
Senanayake University College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
Commissioner of Assize
116 Pandita Gunawadena 1968 – 10 February 1971
Senanayake
117 Vincent Thamotheram 1915 - 23 March 1970 – 1980
Senanayake Ceylon University College
Ceylon Law College
Commissioner of Assize
118 Hector Deheragoda 22 February 1972 – 27 December 1976
1,770
Bandaranaike
119 Cuda Banda Walgampaya 22 February 1972 – 3 January 1976
1,411
Bandaranaike
120 Jaya Pathirana - 2000 22 February 1972 – 1978
Bandaranaike
121 Dharmadasa Wimalaratne 10 April 1972 - ?
20 October 1980 – 15 September 1985
1,791
Bandaranaike
122 Tellipalai Rajaratnam 1920 - 1994 10 April 1972 – 1978
Bandaranaike Commissioner of Assize
123 Donald Sirimanne 1973 –
Gopallawa
124 Cyril Udalagama 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
125 T. A. de S. Wijesundera 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
126 Malcolm Perera 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
127 Izadean Mohamed Ismail 1 January 1974 – 18 December 1981
2,908
Gopallawa
128 Joe Weereratne 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
129 Arulampalam Vythialingam 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
130 Noel Tittawela 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
131 Suppiah Sharvananda Northern 1923 - 2007 1 January 1974 – 1988 29 October 1984 – 1988 Gopallawa Colombo Law College
University of London
132 Somaratne Walpita 1 January 1974 –
Gopallawa
133 Wilmot Gunasekera 2 May 1974 –
Gopallawa
134 Barnes Ratwatte II 1918 - 2004 2 December 1974 – ?
11 April 1981 – 22 November 1983
955
Gopallawa
Jayewardene
Ceylon Law College President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
135 Raja Wanasundera Sabaragamuwa 1924 - 2012 5 June 1975 – ?
Gopallawa University College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
University of London
Stanford University
Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
136 Percy Colin-Thomé Southern 1922 - 12 January 1976 – 1977
29 December 1981 – ?
Gopallawa
Jayewardene
University of Ceylon
University of Cambridge
Judge of the High Court of Colombo
137 Neville Samarakoon 1919 - 1990 – 21 October 1984 1977 – 21 October 1984 Jayewardene University College, Colombo
Colombo Law College
138 Victor Perera 24 July 1981 – 18 August 1983
755
Jayewardene
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 15 November 1982 – 1991 1988 – 1991 Jayewardene Colombo Law College
141 Abdul Cader 8 December 1982 – 28 May 1985
902
Jayewardene
142 Heevi Rodrigo 8 December 1982 – 4 December 1984
727
Jayewardene
143 E. A. D. Atukorale 27 November 1984 –
Jayewardene
144 Herbert Thambiah Northern 1926 – 1992 27 November 1984 – 1992 1991 – 1991 Jayewardene University of Ceylon
Ceylon Law College
Judge of the Court of Appeal
145 Lucian Hector de Alwis 27 November 1984 –
Jayewardene
146 O. S. M. Seneviratne 10 February 1986 –
Jayewardene
147 H. A. G. de Silva 10 February 1986 –
Jayewardene
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
Pathmanathan Ramanathan 1932 - 2006
University of Wales President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
K. M. M. B. Kulatunge
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
28 January 2015 – 29 January 2015
18 May 2011 – 13 January 2013
28 January 2015 – 29 January 2015
5,919+1 606+1 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 – 29 February 2008
1,836
Kumaratunga University of Colombo Judge of the Court of Appeal
Nimal Dissanayake – 23 April 2008
Kumaratunga
Shiranee Tilakawardane 19 February 2003 - 5 April 2014
1,901
Kumaratunga Sri Lanka Law College President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Nimal Gamini Amaratunga January 2005 – March 2014
Kumaratunga University of Colombo
International Maritime Law Institute
Judge of the Court of Appeal
Saleem Marsoof February 2005 – 2014
Kumaratunga University of Colombo,
University of San Diego School of Law
President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Andrew Somawansa North Western Province 28 May 2006 – October 2008
Rajapaksa University of Ceylon
University of Nevada
President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Jagath Balapatabendi Southern Province
Rajapaksa Ceylon Law College Judge of the Court of Appeal
Kanagasabapathy Sripavan 1952 – 27 March 2008 – present 30 January 2015 – present 3,075[2] 575[3] Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College Judge of the Court of Appeal
P. A. Ratnayake 2 May 2008 – 15 February 2013
1,751
Rajapaksa University of Brussels
Chandra Ekanayake November 2008 – 2016
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
S. I. Imam Central Province 9 January 2009 – 20 February 2013
1,503
Rajapaksa Judge of the Court of Appeal
R. K. S. Suresh Chandra 17 June 2010 –
Rajapaksa
Sathya Hettige 10 July 2011 – 18 April 2014
1,013
Rajapaksa University of Colombo President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Priyasath Dep 10 July 2011 – present
1,875[4]
Rajapaksa University of Colombo
International Institute of Social Studies
Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
Eva Wansundera North Western 7 July 2012 – present
1,512[5]
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College
University of Leicester
Attorney General of Sri Lanka
Mohan Peiris 15 January 2013 – 28 January 2015 15 January 2013 – 28 January 2015 743 743 Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College Attorney General of Sri Lanka
Rohini Marasinghe 26 April 2013 – 2015
Rajapaksa University of Hartford Judge of the Court of Appeal
Buwaneka Aluwihare 4 December 2013 – present
997[6]
Rajapaksa Additional Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
Sisira De Abrew 7 May 2014 – present
843[7]
Rajapaksa President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka
Sarath De Abrew 7 May 2014 – January 2016
Rajapaksa
Priyantha Jayawardena 7 May 2014 – present
843[8]
Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Law College
University of Aberdeen
Upali Abeyratne 17 December 2014 – present
619[9]
Rajapaksa Judge of the Court of Appeal
Anil Goonaratne 30 January 2015 – present
575[10]
Sirisena Sri Lanka Law College
University of Exeter
Judge of the Court of Appeal
K. T. Chitrasiri 3 December 2015 – present
268[11]
Sirisena University of Sri Lanka
Queen Mary University of London
Judge of the Court of Appeal
H. Nalin J. Perera 3 March 2016 – present
177[12]
Sirisena Judge of the Court of Appeal
Prasanna Sujeewa Jayawardena 16 June 2016 – present
72[13]
Sirisena University of Colombo Lawyer

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Provisional Chief Justice
  2. ^ On leave (1 January - 28 April 1871)
  3. ^ Acting Chief Justice (1-10 October 1879, 9 January - 5 June 1888)
  4. ^ On leave (25 November 1890 - February 1891)
  5. ^ Acting Justice (12 May 1903 – 28 November 1910)

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. ^ Current to most recent page update.
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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.