President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today appointed six new judges to the Supreme Court, 14 new judges to the Court of Appeal today.
The six new SC judges are A.M.D. Nawaz, Kumudini Wickremesinghe, Shiran Gunaratne, Achala Wengappuli, Mahinda Samayawardana and Janak de Silva. They were the most senior most judges in the CA who were elevated to the SC.
The President appointed 14 CA judges of who ten are drawn from the High Court, two from the Attorney General’s Department and two from the private bar.
The High Court judges who were elevated to the CA are Menaka Wijesundera, D.N.Samarakoon, M.Prasantha De Silva, M.T.M.Laffar, C.Pradeep Keerthisinghe, Sampath B.Abeykoon, M.S.K.B. Wijeratne, R.Gurusinghe, G.A.D.Ganepola and K.K.A.V. Swaradhipathi while Mayadunne Corea and Prabhaharan Kumararatnam from the Attorney General’s Department were also appointed.
The two members of the private bar who were appointed to the CA bench are Deputy Secretary of Parliament and Chief of Staff W.M.N.P. Iddawela and Sampath Mendis.
Justice Arjuna Obeyesekere was named as President of the Court of Appeal in place of Justice Nawaz who was appointed to the SC.
The composition of the Court of Appeal (CA) was increased from 11 to 19 by the Twentieth Amendment to the constitution. There are 14 vacancies on the CA bench with six of its judges being elevated to the Supreme Court, the composition of which was also changed from 10 to 16 by the Twentieth Amendment.