Justice Deepali Wijesundera, always focused on duty - AG
'It is my honour and privilege to welcome Justice Deepali Wijesundera
as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Democratic Socialist Republic
of Sri Lanka.
'It is also a greater privilege that after becoming the Attorney
General, my first address in a ceremonial court is to welcome a lady
Judge whom I have associated with for several decades', said Attorney
General, President's Counsel Eva Wanasundera at the ceremonial sitting
held to welcome the new Court of Appeal judge Justice Deepali
Wijesundera before the Supreme Court Complex recently.
'Following a successful school career in primary and secondary
education at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Judge Deepali Wijesundera
entered the Sri Lanka Law College even though she had by that time been
selected to enter the University of Colombo, the Attorney General said.
'Justice Wijesundera opted to do so only to follow in her father's
footsteps seeking a career in the field of Law. After enrolling as an
Attorney-at-Law in February 1980, Justice Wijesundera had the great
privilege and distinction to work as a junior to an illustrious
President's Counsel; VSA Pullenayagam, the Attorney General added.
The Attorney General emphasised that "I am privy to the gentlemanly
qualities and humility with which Mr. Pullenayagam served as an Advocate
at that time. I am more than certain that he had a great impact in
moulding the personality of Justice Wijesundera at a young age.
'However, Justice Deepali Wijesundera's destiny was not with the
private Bar, as Justice Wijesundera decided to join the judiciary as a
Magistrate in 1984.
'Justice Deepali Wijesundera wished to follow in the footsteps of her
illustrious father, Justice TAD Wijesundera who ultimately served as a
judge of the Supreme Court. He was a strict disciplinarian.
'Justice Deepali Wijesundera followed a number of training programmes
conducted in Italy, Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia.
'In her capacity as a Judge, Justice Wijesundera was always focused
on duty blessed with courage, the Attorney General added.
'Despite the seriousness with which Justice Wijesundera carried out
her duties, she always had great wit and humour, driving your colleagues
into fits of laughter within seconds, while holding a serious look.
While Justice Wijesundera was an efficient judge, she was also a dutiful
mother to her only child, Deshya. It is Justice Wijesundera's guidance
that helped Deshya to enter the University of Moratuwa from Visakha
'She achieved her ambition when Deshya passed out as an Electronic
Engineer with a first class honours pass.
'Today she is married to her university batch-mate Thilina who is
also an Electronic Engineer.
'Justice Wijesundera's sister Menaka Wijesundera is a High Court
Judge and therefore, Justice Wijesundera holds a rare and distinct
position in Sri Lanka legal history, where two daughters of a former
Supreme Court judge are Judges in the Court of Appeal and High Court,
the Attorney General said.