Mohan Peiris , former Attorney General of Sri Lanka took his oaths as the new Chief Justice in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees, today (15).
The Parliamentary Council appointed under the Amendment 18 of the Constitution approved the nominee of President for the post of Chief Justice under Article 41 A (8) of the 18th Amendment.
He was educated at St. Joseph’s College and Royal College in Colombo, where he won colors in cricket. Thereafter he entered the 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. Thereafter 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, later becoming a Senior State Counsel is serving 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.
He specialized in original and appellate courts in the areas of inter alia, administrative law, commercial law, land law, fundamental rights, industrial law, 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 for the Universal Periodic review at the 8th Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.