First female Chief Justice of Sri Lanka sworn in

May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s first female Chief Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake took her oaths this morning before President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the 33rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka.

The Chief Justice Joseph Asoka N. De Silva who was appointed in June 2009 retired yesterday (May 17).

Dr. Bandaranayake, who had served as the Acting Chief Justice on several occasions, was appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 1996 when she was an Associate Professor of Law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Colombo.

She made history then as the first female Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa appointed Justice Bandaranayake as a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in June 2009.

Dr. Bandaranayake, 53, obtained her Bachelor of Law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo in 1980, and her PhD from the University of London in 1986.

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