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Death of former SC Judge Anton Soza

Juistice Anton Soza

Retired Supreme Court Judge Anton Soza died on April 8 after a brief illness. He was 94. Justice Soza was called to the Bar on April 28, 1948 and retired as a Judge of the Supreme Court in February 1984. He began his judicial career as a Magistrate on March 1, 1957.

He earned a reputation as a fearless and independent judge and delivered judgement in many landmark cases, including the Vivienne Goonewardane fundamental rights case.

Justice Soza was educated at Maris Stella College, Negombo.

After retirement from the Supreme Court Bench, Justice Soza held the posts of Editor of the Sri Lanka Law Reports, Director of the Judges' Institute, Chairman of the Human Rights Task Force and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. He rendered services to the State for a record unbroken period of 49 years. He was also a much sought after arbitrator in commercial arbitration. Prior to joining the legal profession, he taught English and Pure Mathematics at St. Joseph's College, Bandarawela, Ceylon Technical College and Ananda College, Colombo.

At Ceylon Law College, he was Editor of the Law Students' Magazine and president of the Law Students' Union.

Justice Soza leaves his wife, two daughters and a son. Funeral takes place on April 11 at 10.30 am at the General Cemetery, Borella.

 

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