Mohan Pieris assumes duties as 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
The newly appointed Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, PC arrived in Hulftsdorp, around 1.00 p.m. yesterday, after taking oaths before President Rajapaksa.
A large number of lawyers and other well-wishers were there to welcome and wish him luck.
Mohan Peiris when he arrived yesterday at the Supreme Complex to assume duties as Chief Justice was welcome by the Supreme Court Registrar Dumintha Mudunkotuwa, members of the official, unofficial bar and judicial officers.
Earlier, Sri Lanka's 44th Chief Justice, former Attorney General and a legal adviser to the Cabinet, Mohan Peiris was sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier in the day.
President Rajapaksa appointed Peiris after the Parliamentary Council which met yesterday morning and endorsed his name to the top judge post.
New Chief Justice President’s Counsel Mohan Peiris after resuming duties yesterday as Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, pledged to uphold the dignity and the independence of the judiciary and maintain the highest standards of judicial integrity for the benefit of the people.
He appreciated the welcome accorded to him by members of the official and unofficial Bar, and judicial officers, and added that he would need their support and cooperation in his endeavor to maintain the highest standards of the courts, and the justice system.
Bar Association of Sri Lanka has accepted Peiris, a 38-year veteran of the legal profession and an eminent scholar of law, as the new Chief Justice and agreed to work with him, in the meantime, ‘Lawyers Collective’, an ad hoc organization of lawyers has urged all Supreme Court judges not to accept his appointment.
The new Chief Justice was blessed in his chambers by clergy of all faiths before assuming office.
- Asian Tribune -