Apr 07, 2019

Appointment of new CJ to be a 'political crisis’? Featured

Nalin Perera, the incumbent Chief Justice will end his tenure on the 28th of this month. It will be his 65th birthday.

On October 12, last year, Nalin Perera became the 46th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and he gave a historical court verdict in the history of the judiciary of Sri Lanka.

He handed down the verdict against the gazette issued President Maithripala Sirisena on 10th of November that dissolved the parliament.

However, the names of qualified persons for the post of Chief Justice will be recommended by the President to the Constitutional Council in the weeks to come.

The appointment of the Chief Justice has drawn much attention as the Supreme Court is scheduled give many verdicts including end of President Maithripala Sirisena's five-year term in office and the 20th  amendment to the constitution.

Who is Qualified?

The current Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, who has the greatest possibility of being appointed as the Chief Justice and he is due to retire on December 2 completing age of 60 years.

If he becomes the Chief Justice, he will be able to function as Chief Justice for a period of five and a half years.

In addition, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira Abrrew and Prasanna Jayawardene are most likely to be recommended by the President, who are among the current Supreme Court judges.

Buwaneka Aluvihare has two and a half years to complete 65 years of age, while Sisira Abrew has three and half years.

The new Chief Justice will be appointed by the Constitutional Council following the presentation of President’s recommendations.