Justice Kanakasabapathi Sripavan took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice before president Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. Chief Justice Sripavan is the second Tamil to hold this prestigious post. The first Tamil to hold this post in Sri Lanka was Suppiah Sharvananda, who served between 1984 and 1988.
Chief Justice Sripavan born on February 29, 1952 had his early and secondary education at Jaffna Hindu College. He entered Colombo Law College in 1974. He was appointed Acting State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Department in 1978.
In 1979, he was appointed a State Counsel. He continued his legal studies at the Colombo University and obtained a Diploma in Commercial Law in 1992. Chief Justice Sripavan obtained his Master of Law Degree from the University of London in 1994.
Chief Justice Sripavan was appointed Deputy Solicitor General on February 22,1996 and a Judge of the Court Appeal in 2002.
He served as the Court of Appeal President in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed a Supreme Court Judge. He was also the Acting Chief Justice in 2013.