Judiciary

Justice Jayamanne sworn in as new High Court judge

A new High Court Judge joined the Fijian judiciary after being sworn-in by His Excellency the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote on Tuesday. A statement from the Department of Information confirms that Sri Lankan National Justice Sarath Jayamanne’s appointment was formalised by the President at Government House no Tuesday. Present at the ceremony were […]

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February 2, 2016 9:58 pm

A new High Court Judge joined the Fijian judiciary after being sworn-in by His Excellency the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote on Tuesday.

Justice Sarath Jayamanne meets His Excellency The President, Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konousi Photo: Department of Information
Justice Sarath Jayamanne meets His Excellency The President, Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Photo: Department of Information

A statement from the Department of Information confirms that Sri Lankan National Justice Sarath Jayamanne’s appointment was formalised by the President at Government House no Tuesday.

Present at the ceremony were senior members of the Judiciary which included Chief Justice, Judge Anthony Gates, Fiji Court of Appeal President Justice William Calanchini and chief registrar Yohan Liyanage.

The new judge has served in the Sri Lankan judiciary for 26 years as a prosecutor and prior to his appointment in Fiji he was the Additional Solicitor General with responsibilities such as conducting special cases and supervising the work of junior prosecutors.

In the role of Additional Solicitor General, Justice Jayamanne appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in criminal appeals on serious offences such as murder, rape, robbery, fraud, drugs and child abuse.

Justice Jayamanne began his legal CAREER in 1989, reaching its pinnacle when he became President’s counsel in February, 2015.

The new Judge has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BSc) from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, law qualifications from the Sri Lanka Law College, a Master of Science (MSc) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in 2002 and a Diploma in Forensic Medicine from the University of Colombo.

In 2005, Justice Jayamanne was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in ‘Law and Human Rights’ to study at the University of Minnesota, USA for the 2005-2006 Fulbright programme.

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