Constitutional Council recommends Priyasath Dep as new Chief Justice


Feb 28, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council which met last evening has recommended Supreme Court judge Priyasath Dep for the Chief Justice post, a member of the council said.

After the meeting Constitutional Council member Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne said the council headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya reached a decision to recommend Priyasath Dep as the next Chief Justice of Sri Lanka.
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He said the recommendation has already been sent to the President who will officially announce the new appointment.

Justice Priyasath Dep who served as the 40th Solicitor General of Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2011 is also a senior Supreme Court judge and has previously served as Acting Chief Justice on several occasions.

According to the constitution, the Chief Justice subject to the approval of the Constitutional Council should be appointed by the President by warrant under his hand.

The constitution further states that the age of retirement of Judges of the Supreme Court is Sixty-five years.

As per reports, incumbent Chief Justice K. Sripavan will retire from service today and a ceremonial farewell is to be held at the Supreme Court.

Sripavan took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka on 30th January, 2015.

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