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Constitution of the Court




                     The High Court consists of not less than ten and not more than Sixty Judges [Article 111 of the Constitution and section 4 of the Judicature Act, No. 2 of 1978] as amended by Act, No. 16 -1989.


                     Article 154P of the Constitution provides for the establishment of the Provincial High Courts to which Judges are appointed by the Chief Justice from among Judges of the High Court of Sri Lanka


welcome To High Court Judges' Association

Officials of the High Court Judges' Association . 



Mr. Sampath Abeykoon

Vice President

Mr. Shashi Mahendran


Mr.  Aditya Patabendige

Asst. Secretary

Mr. Sujeewa Nishshanka


Mr. Mohamed Irshadeen


Mr. Nawarathne Marasinghe


Committee Members



Mr Gihan Kulatunga

Mr.Damith Thotawatte

Mr Pradeep Hettiarachchi

Mrs.Kumari Abeyratne

Mr.Manjula Tilakaratne

Mr.R. Kannan

Mr. Gihan Pilapitiya

Mrs.Jayaki de Alwis





Extention of date for submission of articles
Voice of Justice 2020
Articles are called for to be published in the “Voice of Justice “ 2020!

The guidelines for the article writers as follows!
1.Article should be written in English, on any legal topic relevant to judiciary & High Court Judges.
2.The length of the article should be 3500-4000 words.
3.The font used should be TimesNewRoman only and font size for the heading should be font size -14 and sub headings if any should be of font size 13, bold & Italic .Body(text) of articles should be Times New Roman-12 and the font size for foot notes should be -size 10.
4.Please be informed that No end notes should be used in any of the article. In order to maintain uniformity, the authors can use OSCOLA( Oxford University Standard for the Citation of legal authorities).Please see www.law.ox.ac.uk/oscola.for more information.
5.Each member can submit one article only.
6.The article should not have been previously published in any any law journal locally or abroad.
7.The deadline for submission of articles is on or before 5th July 2020.
8.All articles should be on MS Word format and the soft copies should be e mailed to navaratne2003@gmail.com

If you need any clarification please do not hesitate to contact me on 077-8343074.


Nawarathne Marasinghe





Hon Jayantha Jayasuriya PC was appointed as the 47TH Chief Justice of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in April 2019.His Lordship was the 6th Attorney General to have been appointed into this distinguish position. His Lordship is a past pupil of Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and was an all-rounded student. He excelled in his studies, in Badminton as well as in Oriental music. After the successful completion of his Advanced Level examinations, Chief Justice Jayasuriya entered the Sri Lanka Law College in 1979 and completed the course of study with a 1st Class Honours pass at the final examination held in 1981 and was called to the bar in 1982. He joined the Attorney General’s department as a State Counsel in 1983. Chief Justice Jayasuriya, took silk as President’s Counsel in 2012 and has rendered a tremendous public service for over three decades. As a Commonwealth Schollar, he was also graduated the degree of Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong.  Culminating his career in the Attorney General’s Department, he was appointed as the 45th Attorney General of Sri Lanka in 2016.During his tenure as the Attorney General of Sri Lanka, he has represented Sri Lanka’s interest at many International forums and has presented many papers based on which new legislation has been introduced in our country.He has worked for the United Nations as a Trial Attorney in two War Crimes Tribunals, i.e. United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Ruwanda and United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.He was also awarded the “Prosecutor of the Year -2012” award by the International Association of Prosecutors.



Members of the High Court Judges’ Association wish His Lordship the Chief Justice all the very best and Good Luck……!


11th February 2020.



Original jurisdiction all prosecutions on indictmentadmiralty jurisdiction- ordinarily exercised in Colombo.


commercial jurisdiction- vested by the High Court of the Provinces (Special Provisions) Act, No. 10 of 1996

jurisdiction vested by Article 111L(2) (incorporated by the 17th Amendment) to hear and determine an offence under Article 111L(1), i.e. influencing or attempting to influence any decision or order made by the Judicial Service Commission or influencing any member thereof.


applications for the return of or access to a child under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (exercised by the High Court of the Western Province)


Appellate jurisdiction of Provincial High Courts- appellate and revisionary jurisdiction in respect of convictions, sentences, orders entered or imposed by Magistrate's courts and Primary courts within the Province; writ jurisdiction in respect of powers exercised under any law or under any statutes made by the Provincial Council of that Province, in respect of any matter set out in the provincial Council list;


Appeals from Labour Tribunals, Agrarian tribunals and Small Claims Courts. Relevant statutes- Judicature Act, No. 2 of 1978; High Court of the Provinces (Special Provisions) Act, No. 19 of 1990; High Court of the Provinces (Special Provisions) Act, No. 10 of 1996, Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Act, No. 10 of 2001




The year-end Workshop for High Court Judges was held on   14th December 2019 at the Moonstone & Amethyst Hall, Hotel Hilton, Colombo. The workshop was facilitated by the Sri Lanka Judges Institute on the kind request of the High Court Judges Association. Hon Sampath Abeykoon High Court Judge, the, President of High Court Judges’ Association made the welcome address and His Lordship the Chief Justice J.C. Jayasuriya, PC. the Chief Guest for the event, delivered the key note address, emphasising the significance of the role of High Court Judges in the course of administrating justice to the people.     




 His Lordship the Chief Justice J.C. Jayasuriya, PC. Addressing the gathering!


The inaugural session was concluded with the Vote of Thanks proposed by High Court Judge, Hon Adithya Patabandige, the Secretary of the High Court Judges’ Association.

During plenary session, Hon. Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare PC, Judge of the Supreme Court, made a presentation on the offence of Money Laundering with special emphasis on necessary proof - Section 3(3) and Section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and analysing the section 23(A), his Lordship discussed the necessary proof in order to establish the charge.  Further, the proposed legislation on Asset Recovery and its relevance in today's context was also discussed. Hon. Justice Dr. Ruwan Fernando, Judge of the Court of Appeal, made a presentation on Responsibilities of a Judge of the High Court when sitting as a Civil Appellate High Court Judge.  


Hon Justice Aluwihare, His Lordship the Chief Justice J.C. Jayasuriya, PC, Hon Justice Dehideniya and Hon Adithaya Patabendige HCJ, Secretary -Hiogh Court Judges’ Association.


Hon. Justice P. Padman Surasena, Judge of the Supreme Court, made a presentation on responsibilities of a Judge of the High Court when sitting as a Trial Judge and hearing Appeals from Magistrates’ courts, Revision Applications and Writ Applications.


In the afternoon a   Panel Discussion was held and Hon. Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme and the Director of the Sri Lanka Judges’ Institute, Hon. Justice P.P. Surasena, Judge of the Supreme Court and  Hon. Justice Dr. Ruwan Fernando, Judge of the Court of Appeal as the members of the panel, discussed various timely legal issues encounter by the High Court Judges while exercising criminal jurisdiction and civil appellate jurisdiction.  The proceedings of the workshop were concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Mr Anushka Seneviratne, the Academic Coordinator of the Sri Lanka Judges Institute.

Updated 2020.02.19

Please see below letter for  your urgent attention.......! 

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  1. Article 111 of the Constitution as amended by the 17th Amendment - Judges of the High Court are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission made after consultation with the Attorney General.
  2. Judges of the High Court are removable by the President and are subject to disciplinary control by the President on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission.
  3. Age of retirement
  4. Section 6(3) of the Judicature Act, No. 2 of 1978 - 61 years.