Suhada Gamalath sworn in as a Judge in Fiji

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Former Justice Ministry Secretary and Additional Solicitor General Suhada K. Gamalath and prominent lawyer De Almeida J. Guneratne were sworn in as Judges in Fiji, foreign media reported.

Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau welcomed Justice Gamlath and Justice Guneratne at the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Fiji today.

The judges from Sri Lanka took the oath of office in the presence of the Chief Justice Anthony Gates, President of the Fiji Court of Appeal, Justice William Calanchini, the Resident Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Suresh Chandra and the Chief Registrar of the High Court Yohan Liyanage.

Justice Gamalath studied law at Sri Lanka Law College from 1978 to 1980 and continued with LLM (Masters of Law) from Aberdeen University, United Kingdom.

Having practised law for the past 30 years, he started his career as a State Counsel of the Attorney General’s Department in Sri Lanka for six years and progressed to be Additional Solicitor General in charge of the Criminal Division before taking up the position in Fiji.

Judge Guneratne graduated with LLM in 1984 and attained Attorney-at-Law in 1977 together with completing his LLB in 1975 in Sri Lanka. In 1997, Judge Guneratne graduated with a Ph.D from Hawaii.

Among Justice Guneratne’s notable achievement include being Legal Consultant to the Law and Society Trust of Sri Lanka and the Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong.

Their term is for a period of three years effective from today.

  Comments - 11

  • James Tuesday, 04 February 2014 08:52 AM

    This is just wonderful! Are we now exporting incompetent judges to other countries?

    Jay Monday, 03 February 2014 03:07 PM

    Why are these gentlemen serving as Judges to a military dictatorship? Or is Fiji not different from Sri Lanka?

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:52 AM

    In Fiji, Sri Lankan judges are well sort after, because they can be easily manipulated by the dictatorial regime. Judges from other nations refuse to accept posts in Fiji.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:54 AM

    The corruption, manipulation of justice and training provided locally for these judges is ideal for Fiji which is a dicatatorial government.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:56 AM

    The judicial system in Fiji is heavily manipulated by the ruling dictators, thus majority of judges in Fiji are from Sri Lanka, specially fellows from the south.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:00 AM

    No actually their competencies have been recognised by the dictatorial Fijian Government, thus they are given these posts. No other national will employ doby fellows like Suhada, Mohan and Palitha.

    Kondebendapucheena Monday, 03 February 2014 10:40 AM

    Fiji Full of Srilankan Judges

    Asrar Ahmed Monday, 03 February 2014 11:34 AM

    OK Good What about the photo , definitely not in Iran

    dharmapala Monday, 03 February 2014 07:30 PM

    well and good but you should not dance for politicians,no case people are in prisions,

    KABAB Monday, 03 February 2014 01:29 PM

    Congratulations! Please don't follow the judiciary system in Sri Lanka over Fiji. Up to you.

    Cock-a-doodle-do Monday, 03 February 2014 02:17 PM

    Why did Suhada Gamlath give up such a prestigious and powerful post in Sri Lanka?


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