New appeal court Judge takes oaths
Jayasinghe Pemaratne and Jayasiri Munasinghe
KALUTARA: Kalutara High Court Judge Sarath de Abrew, 53, took his
oaths as a Court of Appeal Judge before President Mahinda Rajapaksa
recently. Justice Abrew, an old Thomian entered the Bar after a stint of
apprenticeship under the late A.C. de Zoysa PC ((Bunty).
He took up appointment as a State Counsel of the Attorney-General's
Department in 1979. He was the youngest Judicial officer to serve
Judiciary when he was appointed Trincomalee Magistrate at the age of 28,
on January 28, 1982.
He was transferred as the Magistrate of Panadura and later promoted
as a District Judge in 1987. During the bleak years of 1987 to 1989 when
terrorism was at its peak in Tangalle, he was serving there as the
District Judge. Justice Abrew was the Galle Chief Magistrate from 1990
Before his appointment as a High Court Judge in 1999, he had served
as the Mount Lavinia Magistrate and Moratuwa District Judge.
He has served as the High Court Judge of Colombo, Kandy, Ampara,
Hambantota and Kalutara and pronounced judgements in 730 cases.
He was a former President of the Judicial Services Association.