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Shiranee Tilakawardane

Shiranee Tilakawardane
Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
Assumed office
19 February 2003
Appointed by Chandrika Kumaratunga
Acting Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
In office
16 April 2013 – ?
Appointed by Mahinda Rajapaksa
Personal details
Alma mater Sri Lanka Law College

Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane is a sitting Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and member of the Judicial Service Commission. She has also served as acting Chief Justice for when Mohan Peiris was out of the country.[1]


Justice Tilakawardane was educated at Bishop's College, Colombo and went on to study law at the Sri Lanka Law College. Her legal career commenced with apprenticeship under Lalith Athulathmudali PC. This was followed by a tenure in the United States, where she served in the Consumer and Narcotic Division of the District Attorney's Office of Fort Colorado. [2] She received an honorary degree from Williams College in June 2007 and an honorary degree from Smith College in May 2011.


Justice Tilakawardane represented an early generation of women lawyers in Sri Lanka and scored many firsts. She became the first woman to be enrolled as a State Counsel in 1978. She further established a record by being the country's first female judge of the High Court in April 1988 and became the first woman Justice of the

  1. ^ "Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane sworn in Acting Chief Justice". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Jayasekera, Talia (19 February 2003). "Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane : Taking "male bastions" in her stride". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
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