Chief Justice Nalin Perera’s tenure ends on 28th April as he turns 65.
Although Nalin Perera was appointed the Chief Justice on 12th October 2018 and his tenure was limited to only a couple of months, it was extremely crucial. He will be celebrated as one of the most celebrated Chief Justices in Sri Lanka’s history.
Chief Justice-led Supreme Court delivered a crucial verdict against the 26-October Political Conspiracy, and the Chief Justice acted independently. The verdict not only affects the present but also the future, and in case the Supreme Court had delivered a different verdict, it would have affected the country’s future too.
The court, through the aforementioned verdict against the recent political conspiracy, proved that the public can still trust the judiciary system, thanks to Supreme Court judges including the Chief Justice.
Nalin Perera made the post of Chief Justice proud, and he is gentleman who never misused his powers. Here’s an example.
The Chief Justice was facing issues due to the conduct of an accountant who lived near his home, and in response, he simply advised the accountant in question through his security officers. The accountant didn’t cooperate, and the problems worsened, and the Chief Justice lodged a complaint at the police station.
In addition, he left his home to live in Chief Justice’s official residence.
If Nalin Perera wanted to, he could have used his powers, or get his security officers to reprimand the accountant in question. We have passed an era where high-ranking state officials disappeared, assassinated and assaulted their rivals, and therefore, Nalin Perera’s conduct is outstanding.
Multiple nominations for Chief Justice post
The President is to nominate several qualified persons to the Constitutional Council for the post of Chief Justice within the next few weeks.
Current Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya is one of the foremost persons the President is likely to nominate. He is to retire on 2nd December due to turning 60. If he becomes the next Chief Justice, he will be able to hold the position for five and a half years.
In addition, current Supreme Court Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira Abrew and Prasanna Jayawardhana are also likely to be nominated by the President. Buwaneka Aluvihare has two and a half years to retire, while Sisira Abrew has three and a half years.
The Constitutional Council, based on President’s nominations, will appoint a new Chief Justice.