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The First Members,

Hon. Sir John Curtois Howard K.C., Chief Justice
Hon. Edwin Arthur Lewis Wijeyewardene K.C., Puisne Justice
Hon. Chellappah Nagalingam K.C.. Puisne Justice

Col. E. Mervyn Joseph, a Class I Grade I officer of Ceylon Judicial Service was appointed as the first secretary of the Judicial Service Commission on 23rd October, 1947.

The inaugural meeting

According to the records available at the Office of the Judicial Service Commission, the inaugural meeting was held in the Chief Justice's Chambers on Tuesday, 25th November, 1947.

Changes made in 1972

The Judicial Service Commission so established continued until 1972 whenl it was replaced by the Judicial Advisory Board under the provisions of the Administration of Justice Law.


Hon. Sir Codrington Edmund Carrington 1802

Hon.Edmund Henry Lushington 1807

Hon. Sir Alexander Johnston 1811

Hon. Sir Ambrose Hardinge Giffard 1820

Hon. Sir Richard Ottley 1827

Hon. Sir Charles Marshall 1833

Hon. Sir William Norris 1836

Hon. Sir Anthony Oliphant 1838

Hon. Sir William Ogle Carr 1854

Hon. Sir William Carpenter Rowe 1857

Hon. Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy 1860

Hon. Sir William Hackett 1877

Hon. Sir John Budd Phear 1877

Hon. Sir Richard Cayley 1879

Hon. Jacobus Petrus de Wet 1882

Hon. Sir Bruce Lockhart Burnside 1883

The Rt.Hon. Sir John Winfield Bonser 1893

Hon. Sir Charles Peter Layard 1902

Hon. Sir Joseph Turner Hutchinson 1906

Hon. Sir Alfred George Lascelles 1911

Hon. Sir Alexander Wood Renton 1914

Hon. Sir Thomas Anton Bertram 1918

Hon. Sir Charles Ernest St.John Branch 1926

Hon. Sir Stanley Fisher 1926

Hon. Sir Phillip James Macdonell 1931

Hon. Sir Sydney Solomon Abrahams 1936

Hon. Sir John Curtois Howard 1939

Hon. Sir Edwin Arthur Lewis Wijeyewardene 1949

Hon. Sir Edward George Perera Jayetileke 1950

Hon. Sir Allan Edward Percival Rose 1952

Hon. Hema Henry Basnayake 1956

Hon. Miliani Claude Sansoni 1964

Hon. Hugh Norman Gregory Fernando 1966

Hon. Gardiye Punchihewage Amaraseela Silva 1973

Hon. Victor Tennekoon 1974

Hon. Neville Dunbar Mirahawatte Samarakoon 1979

Hon. Suppiah Sharvananda 1984

Hon. Parinda Ranasinghe 1988

Hon. H.D.Thambaia 1991

Hon. G.P.S. de Silva 1991

Hon. Sarath N Silva 1996

Hon. J.A.N. de Silva 2009

Hon. Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake 2011

Hon. Mohan Peiris 2013

Hon. K.Sripavan 2015

Name From To
Mr.E.M.C.Joseph
23.10.1947
23.06.1948
Mr.K.D.De Silva 24.06.1948 30.09.1949
Mr.T.P.P.Goonethilake 01.10.1949 31.05.1953
Mr.Y.Manicavasagar 01.06.1953 01.05.1955
Mr.D.E.Wijeyewardene 02.05.1955 02.06.1958
Mr.S.R.Wijeyatilake 03.06.1958 07.03.1962
Mr.N.A.De S.Wijesekera 08.03.1962 05.05.1964
Mr.N.Edirisinghe 06.05.1964 02.03.1965
Mr.C.E.Jayawardene 03.03.1965 28.09.1966
Mr.D.Wimalarathne 29.09.1966 13.03.1967
Mr.S.Amarasinghe 14.03.1967 31.03.1971
Mr.L.Samaratunga 01.04.1971 21.05.1972

Name From To
Mr.L.Samarathunga
22.05.1972 31.03.1974
Mr.D.G.Jayalath 01.04.1974 06.05.1977
Mr.D.S.D.P.R.Senanayake 07.05.1977
06.09.1978

Name From To
Mr.A.S.Wijethunga 02.10.1978
04.06.1986
Mr.K.L.S.Peiris 13.06.1986
22.09.1994
Mr.S.Withanachchi 23.09.1994
28.02.1998
Mr.Dhammika Kitulgoda
(1998.01.01 – 1998.02.28 As Acting)
01.01.1998
14.02.1999
Mr.D.N.Samarakoon (Acting) 15.02.1999
30.09.1999
Mr.A.W.A.Salam 01.10.1999 30.06.2002
Mr.P.W.D.C.Jayathilake 01.07.2002 16.07.2009
Mr.D.N.Samarakoon (Acting) 17.07.2009 15.09.2009
Mr. M. P. De Silva (Acting) 15.09.2009 03.12.2009
Mr. M. P. De Silva 04.12.2009 19.07.2010
Mr. R. A. P. W. De Silva (Acting) 20.07.2010 14.10.2010
Mr. R. A. P. W. De Silva 15.10.2010 07.06.2011
Mr. S. N. Gopallawa 08.06.2011 11.04.2012
Mr. H. M. R. M. Tilakaratne (Acting) 17.04.2012 09.05.2012
Mr. H. M. R. M. Tilakaratne 10.05.2012 04.02.2013
Mr. R.M.S.K. Rathnayake (Acting) 05.02.2013 08.03.2015
Mr. R.P.D.P.P. Ratnayake (Acting) 09.03.2015 13.01.2016
Mr. G.M.W.P Jayathilake
14.01.2016

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