|Tuesday, 6 April 2004|
by Sarath Malalasekera
Colombo High Court Judge L. K. Wimalachandra and Additional Solicitor General, President's Counsel Saleem Marsoof recently took oaths as Judges of the Court of Appeal before President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Justice Wimalachandra passed out as an Advocate in 1973 from the Sri Lanka Law College and apprenticed under the late Chief Justice Neville D. M. Samarakoon QC. He took oath as an Attorney-at-Law on June 10, 1974.
Justice Wimalachandra was appointed as a Magistrate on March 1, 1980 and promoted as a District Judge on January 13, 1986. He was appointed as a High Court Judge on August 1, 1997 and later as the Commercial High Court Judge, Colombo from December 5, 2000 to December 31, 2003.
Widely travelled, Justice Wimalachandra followed several overseas training Courses in Economic Crimes in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan conducted by UNAFEI. Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Electronic Commerce in Rome, Italy conducted by IDLI and Enforcement of Intellectual property in Tokyo, Japan conducted by WIPO with Japan Funds-in-Trust.
President's Counsel Saleem Marsoof is an old boy of Arethusa College, Zahira College, Maradana and Royal College. He entered the Law Faculty of the University of Colombo in 1968 and graduated in 1972. At the law Faculty, he had the distinction of winning the Gate Mudaliyar Edmund Peiris prize and the Law Scholarship for academic excellence and was also an Editor of the Colombo Law Review.
He took oath as an Attorney-at-Law in 1974 and joined the Attorney General's Department as a State Counsel in September 1975. He was appointed as President's Counsel in July 1998.
Marsoof was awarded the Degree of Master of Laws by the University of Colombo for specialization in Administrative Law and he was later conferred the degree of Master of Laws by the University of San Diego, California, USA with concentration in International Trade Law. He won several fellowships including the prestigious Nuffield Commonwealth Fellowship which enabled him to engage in research in many fields relating to law.
He has taught Muslim law and Commercial law at the Sri Lanka Law College and the Law Faculty of the University of Sri Lanka.
Marsoof has also served in several committees appointed by the Government to recommend amendments to existing legislation.
He was also coopted along with Justice Jameel into the Committee appointed by the then Minister of Muslim Affairs to consider and report on reforms to the Muslim Law relating to marriage, divorce, mosques and Muslim charitable Trusts.
Marsoof has also held office as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dehiwela Muhiyyaddeen Grand Jumma Mosque and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Zahira College, Colombo.
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