Ceremonial Sitting To Welcome Justice V.K. Malalgoda
01 September 2017
Your Lordship the Chief Justice Your Lordship V.K.Malalgoda, Your Lordships and Your Lady ships of The Supreme Court and the Court Appeal,Hon Judges of the High Court,DC,and MC,Learned PC,dear Colleagues and distinguish invites, We are gathered this morning to welcome Your Lordship
Justice V.K. Malalgoda on your Lordships elevation to the Supreme Court.
You have been appointed to the judiciary because you have demonstrated the capacities which are needed to be a judge and your attendance at this ceremony of induction is an indication both of your desire to fulfil your office with distinction and to that humility of mind that is essential to dispense the justice.
A judge's role is to serve the community in the pivotal role of administering justice according to law Your office gives you that opportunity,optimization of
which is a more duty than a privilege. No doubt a judge will not find satisfaction in his or her duties unless there is a continual realization of the importance of the community service that is rendered. Freedom, Peace, order and good governance - the essentials of the society we treasure - depend in the ultimate analysis of the faithful performance of judicial duty. It is only when the community has confidence in the integrity and capacity of the judiciary that the community is governed by the rule of law. Knowing this, your lordship must have a high conceit of the importance of your Lordships office.
Although each judge should have and retain a fierce sense of personal independence and be prepared to accept the consequences and the criticisms of his or her own judgments, a court cannot operate efficiently without a shared objective of getting the work done to a standard that enhances public confidence in the Court as a whole. Life on the bench is a sheer delight when one’s colleagues command unfeigned respect.
The Bar hails Your Lordship's elevation to this highest court of our land, aptly described as the Court which is now supreme, both in name and in fact, since it was made the final Court of Appeal, as an appointment that is fitting, appropriate and richly deserved. Your Lordship thus comes in to this court, with a wealth of Judicial experience gained as the president of Court of appeal and a deep knowledge of, and competence in, the law which was earned from the Attorney General”s Department To this must be added your Lordships regular participation in Bar Association and international
Seminars in Geneva,France,Pakistan and Bangkok which gives your Lordship rich perspective into areas of human rights and current development in administrative and public Law. With that experience we witnessed your Lordship handling the Writ matters in an effective way.
I could state without any fear of contradiction that the reduction in the backlog of appeals in the Court of Appeal resulted to a great measure from the tireless efforts of Your Lordship.
During the entirety of Your Lordship's tenure of office as a judge, from 2014 Your Lordship has lived up to the highest expectations of the bar in respect of the holders of judicial office. The Bar is confident that Your Lordship will continue to display the same independence and high moral rectitude that has characterized your entire judicial career up to date. Your calm and amiable disposition has won for you the unfailing respect of the Bar. Indeed an unruffled attention to the task at hand has been a hallmark of Your Lordship's way of life. When I reflect on Your Lordship's attributes, the words of the
Dhammapada flow to my mind. I quote:- ''Clam his thought, calm his word and calm his deed -who truly knowing is wholly freed, perfectly tranquil and
On behalf of the Unofficial Bar I wish to congratulate Your Lordship and assure your Lordship of our fullest co-operation in discharging your duties as a judge of the Supreme Court. We wish you a successful tenure in office, excellent health and happiness.
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