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Fiji appoints fmr Sri Lankan judge as Resident Magistrate

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Former Sri Lankan district judge Geethani Wijesinghe Widanelage was sworn as Fiji's new Resident Magistrate by President Jioji Konrote on Friday, Fiji Times said.

Magistrate Widanelage took her oath at the State House in the presence of Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

A Government statement issued this afternoon stated Ms. Widanelage started her career as a Junior Attorney-at-Law at Corporate Chambers of Mr. Kalinga Indatissa in 1999.

Prior to her appointment, she was a district judge/magistrate at Mahiyangana in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Widanelage holds a Masters of Law from the University of Colombo, a Diploma in Environmental Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.

She was also a tutorial assistant at the Sri Lanka Law College where she taught Environmental and Constitution Law from 2002 to 2008.  

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  • Mandy Friday, 13 January 2017 05:26 PM

    Cannot agree. So then why not manupulate their own judges may be easier. Foreign judges do not know anyone to be biased.

    ceylon Friday, 13 January 2017 06:47 PM

    lanka had and has bright lawyers.but dont have many honest lawyers.hope this lawyer keep her respect and the respect of the judiciary. via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 13 January 2017 06:49 PM

    lanka also need foreign judgess with honesty and uncorrupt qualities. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 13 January 2017 12:05 PM

    Sri Lankan judges are most wanted in Fiji as the Fijian government requires persons who can be manipulated unlike those from other countries.

    Bala Friday, 13 January 2017 12:35 PM

    So they believe foreign judges and magistrates will better dispense justice without fear and favour as against local ones.


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