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.