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Three magistrates and three judges-all of them Sri Lankans-were sworn in at Government House in Suva, Fiji, the Fiji Times reported.

The judges are Justice Madduma Patabendige Sanjeeva Sudharshana De Silva, Justice Kamal Kumar and Justice Janaka Prasanna Bandara.

The new magistrates are Puimini Weeratunga, Rajakaruna Girihagama and Nadimale Rupasinghe.

Justice Bandara and Justice Kumar have been in the country for some time while Justice Bandara was appointed a resident magistrate in 2011 and Justice Kumar was admitted to the High Court as a barrister and solicitor. Justice De Silva graduated with a Masters of Law degree from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 1996.

Justice Kumar studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and holds a bachelor of law degree. Justice Bandara also studied in Australia at the University of Wollongong. He currently holds a master of transnational crime prevention.

The newly-appointed magistrates have also colourful working and educational backgrounds with Ms Weeratunga working as legal officer at the Legal Aid Commission in Sri Lanka.

Ms Weeratunga studied at the Sri Lanka law College and graduated in 2001 after passing the Attorney at Law final examination.

Ms Girihagama previously worked as a state counsel in the Attorney General's department in Sri Lanka. She also holds a Masters of Law after graduating from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Mr Rupasinghe is a qualified attorney at law of the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka.

  Comments - 14

  • Muheed Jeeran Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:13 AM

    But I visited to Vavuniya Court Complex in Sri Lanka last week, They are struggling without enough judges and conduct more than 350 cases and sometimes about 35 trials. This is true...

    brownwardhana Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:17 AM

    faith in humanity restored..congradulations!!
    here its all politics

    raviraj Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:18 AM

    any vacancies for the CJ

    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:18 AM

    Judges with back bone will follow the example.

    MayIwin Silva Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:08 AM

    Do they have a Lankan AG in Fiji?

    impartial Judge Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:34 AM

    All these Judges and Magistrates will definitely be the stooges of the dictator who governs Fiji. Their judgements will be biased and they are a disgrace for our mother land.

    onceaproudsrilankan Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:27 AM

    I only hope the politicians-getting-all-of-a-sudden-and-hospitalizing just as they are arrested syndrome will not be accepted and tolerated by the SL Judges in Fiji.

    Saradial Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:33 PM

    No paid from Tax

    Saradial Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:33 PM

    Hope at least there they will work independently!

    Kiwi Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:07 AM

    Couldn't have said it better!!

    Sampath Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:37 AM

    Who ever professionals who have left the country are doing extremely well in life. What a pitty the head of the country does not realizes the value of them.

    S.A.K. Makok Tuesday, 07 May 2013 07:38 AM

    Most professionals have left the country...only the muck and thugs remain...The people still seem to be wanting the thugs to control the country...Racism and Politicians have ruined Sri Lanka

    ANTON Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:00 AM


    Bostonian Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:24 AM

    free education,,?

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