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Justice Priyasath Dep

Justice W. Priyasath Gerard Dep 

CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF SRI LANKA AND
CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE SRI LANKA JUDGES’ INSTITUTE

 Justice Priyasath Dep was appointed as the 45th Chief Justice on the 02nd of March 2017. His Lordship was born on the 12th of October 1953 and was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo.

 Justice Priyasath Dep was enrolled as an Attorney – at – Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in October 1976. Justice Dep joined the Attorney General Department as a State Counsel in January 1978, was promoted to the post of Senior State Counsel in February 1989. His Lordship was appointed as a Deputy Solicitor General in February 1996 and Additional Solicitor General in October 1991, Justice Dep was appointed as a President’s Counsel in April 2000. Justice Dep was appointed as the Solicitor General in April 2007. As the Solicitor General Justice Dep was in charge of the Civil Division and supervised the Fundamental Rights Applications, Civil Appeals and subjects such as Public International Law, Bills, Rule Matters and Extradition. Justice Dep has represented the Government of Sri Lanka in bilateral and multilateral negotiations pertaining to extradiction and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

 Justice Priyasath Dep served the Attorney General’s Department for more than 33 years and had the distinction of being the head of both civil and criminal divisions. His Lordship was the acting Attorney General on numerous occasions. Justice Dep was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on 13th June 2011 which is the highest and the final superior court of record in Sri Lanka. Justice Dep is a member of Judicial Service Commission, member of the Board of Management of the Sri Lanka Judges’ Institute and a member of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education. His Lordship is the most senior judge in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and was the acting Chief Justice on numerous occasions.

 Justice Priyasath Dep is the 45th Chief Justice of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

 

 

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