Country undergoing rapid development - Justice Wanasundera
Our country, at present, is undergoing development in all areas at a
rapid pace. Sri Lanka is into the fourth year after ending the conflict
which lasted for over three decades. At present, various development
projects are being carried out throughout the country, said new Supreme
Court Judge Justice Shanthi Eva Wanasundera.
She was speaking at the ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court.
Justice Wanasundera said work towards development usually generates
civil disputes in abundance. Complex legal issues are sure to arise due
to the veracity of agreements involved. There will be more commercial
disputes which might even involve international trade law, she said.
"There will be many original court judgments which will come up in
appeal from one court to another and finally end up in the apex court,"
Justice Wanasundera said: "Judging is the core word for any sitting
judge. Quoting Justice H N G Fernando, she said: "A judge should have an
attentive and receptive ear, a mind open to conviction, a readiness to
acknowledge error and a will resolved to do justice regardless of
personal motives and prejudices".
Justice Wanasundera emphasised that under our system of justice, the
Bench and the Bar are components of one unit. The impairment of one
inevitably affects the other, she pointed out.
She said: "I worked in the Attorney General's department for over 32
years before taking oaths as a Judge of the Supreme Court on July 5. I
am happy to be a Supreme Court Judge today but I am sad to have left my
second home, the Attorney General's Department. My career as government
servant started with the post of temporary state counsel in1979 and
ended as Attorney General in 2011. I have changed from the role of a
public servant to the role of a member of the Judiciary. I have worked
with diligence, honestly and dedication. I shall continue to work in the
same way in my new role," Justice Wanasundera said.