MOHAN PEIRIS SWORN IN AS CJ
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.