MO­HAN PEIRIS SWORN IN AS CJ

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SANDUN A. JAYASEKERA

He was Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Sri Lanka Bar As­so­ci­a­tion

Former At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mo­han Peiris PC, took oaths be­fore Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa as the 44th Chief Jus­tice of Sri Lanka at 12.30 pm yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial un­seat­ing of former CJ Shi­rani Ban­daranayake.

61-year-old Chief Jus­tice Peiris was ed­u­cated at St. Joseph's Col­lege, Colombo and Royal Col­lege, Colombo where he won colours in cricket.

He en­tered Sri Lanka Law Col­lege and was called to the Bar in 1975 start­ing his le­gal prac­tice un­der se­nior lawyers D. R. P. Gu­natilleke and Daya Per­era, PC. He en­rolled as a So­lic­i­tor of the Supreme Court of Eng­land and Wales in 1978.

In 1981 he joined the At­tor­ney Gen­eral's De­part­ment as a State Coun­sel and later be­com­ing a Se­nior State Coun­sel served the AG’s De­part­ment for over 15 years. Dur­ing this time he trained at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Trial Ad­vo­cacy at Har­vard Law School, the Cen­tre for Po­lice and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Stud­ies at Je­sus Col­lege, Cam­bridge and at Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity.

Leav­ing the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral's De­part­ment, Mr. Peiris started his pri­vate prac­tice in the Unof­fi­cial Bar. He spe­cial­ized in orig­i­nal and ap­pel­late courts in the ar­eas of in­ter alia, ad­min­is­tra­tive law, com­mer­cial law, land law, fun­da­men­tal rights, in­dus­trial law,

61-year-old Chief Jus­tice Peiris was ed­u­cated at St. Joseph's Col­lege, Colombo and Royal Col­lege, Colombo where he won colours in cricket.He en­tered Sri Lanka Law Col­lege and was called to the Bar in 1975 start­ing his le­gal prac­tice un­der se­nior lawyers D. R. P. Gu­natilleke and Daya Per­era, PC.

in­junc­tions and crim­i­nal law and as an ar­bi­tra­tor. He was the Chair­man of the Board of Ex­am­in­ers for the In­ter­me­di­ate Ex­am­i­na­tion and Ex­am­iner of the Sri Lanka Law Col­lege, a vis­it­ing lec­turer at the Fac­ulty of Law of the Univer­sity of Colombo, Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Sri Lanka Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (BASL) and a mem­ber of the Sri Lankan Del­e­ga­tion to the Uni­ver­sal Pe­ri­odic re­view at the 8th Ses­sion of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil of the United Na­tions. His wife Mrs. Priyan­thi Peiris is also an At­tor­ney-at-Law.

Mo­han Peiris, PC signs the ap­point­ment let­ter be­fore Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa as­sisted by Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tary Lalith Weer­atunga prior to tak­ing oaths as the new Chief Jus­tice at Tem­ple Trees yes­ter­deay. Pic courtesy Pres­i­den­tial Me­dia.

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