Acclaim for book on Commissions of Inquiry
A new book by renowned Sri Lankan Judge, Dr. L.M. Jayaratne has won
This book titled Judicial Review of Commissions of Inquiry - A
Comparative Study is based on his thesis on "Judicial Review of
Commissions of Inquiry".
This is a deep study of the functioning and purpose of Commissions of
Inquiry in countries and its value is very much felt these days, given
the role of Commissions of Inquiry established for various purposes in
This book has received very valuable and praiseworthy commendations
from many renowned legal experts around the world including Lord Sidney
William Templeman and Dr. J.A.L. Cooray, former Member of the
This book has received much input from the period he spent in Fiji.
After a span of eighteen years in the judiciary and while presiding as a
High Court Judge in Colombo he was invited by the Chief Justice of Fiji
to take up appointment as a Supreme Court Judge (Puisne Judge) in Fiji
due to his sound knowledge of English Law and Procedure.
During the time in Fiji, he had the occasion of trying a rather
volatile and sensational case filed by the Army against some of the Fiji
born Indians on charges of treason. When the charges of treason were not
proved and some diluted charges were preferred against the accused, the
case did not end up in any major imprisonment or conviction of the
This infuriated the Army and the resultant position exposed the
Jayaratnes to great personal and physical danger. Fiji was under
military rule during this time and his car was very badly damaged and no
one was prosecuted for these dastardly acts of violence.
While in Fiji, both Mr. and Mrs Jayaratne managed to find time to
engage in Doctoral studies - he in the area of law and his wife in the
area of business adminstration and obtained the Ph. D Degree from the
Western Pacific University of California.
His enduring interests in the judicial work took him to witness the
trial of Slobadan Milosevich in the International Court of Justice and
the International Court of Jurists (Peace Palace) in The Hague.
He joined the University of London and graduated with the LL.B
Degree. He joined the Inns of Court-Inner Temple London, to read for the
He passed out as a Barrister and was called to the English Bar in
1969. Being enroled in the Roll of Barristers maintained in the Queens
Bench Division, he became entitled to practise in England, Wales and the