Six Appeal Court judges to SC
Six judges of the Appeal Court have been elevated to fill up vacancies at the Supreme Court.
During its meeting held on Tuesday (6), the Parliamentary Council approved the names of the six judges.
By way of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is vested with the powers to make appointments to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Reportedly, the President forwarded the names of the six Court of Appeal judges to be elevated to represent the Supreme Court. Court of Appeal President Justice A.M.D. Nawaz and Justices Kumudini Wickremesinghe, Shiran Gunaratne, Achala Wengappuli, Mahinda Samayawardana, and Janak de Silva were President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s nominees.
Following Attorney General Dappula de Livera raising concerns over senior members from his department being overlooked for vacancies at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, the appointments were approved.
The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court will be expanded under the recently passed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, with the Supreme Court bench being expanded from 11 to 17.