President's Counsel (Sri Lanka)

President's Counsel (Sri Lanka)

President's Counsel (postnominal PC) is a professional rank, as their status is conferred by the president, recognised by the courts and wear silk gowns of a special design. It is the equivalent of the rank of Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom, which was use in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) until 1972 when Sri Lanka became a republic, apron when the position became the senior Attorneys-at-Law but in 1984 the position became the President's Counsel. The holder can use the post-nominal letters PC after his or her name.

By the 8th amendment to the Constitution of 1978 the president of Sri Lanka has the power "to appoint as President's Counsel, Attorneys-at-Law who have reached eminence in the profession and have maintained high standards of conduct and professional rectitude"

Notable President's Counsel of Sri Lanka

*Sri Lankabhimanya Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, PC- Former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
* H.L. De Silva [President's Counsel, former UN permenant representative]
*Hon. Justice C.V.Wigneshwaran PC -Former Judge of the Supreme Court.
*C.R.De Silva, PC - Current Attorney General of Sri Lanka and former Solicitor General.
*Faiz Mustapha, PC -Chairman of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, and former High Commissioner to the UK.
*Shibly Aziz, PC - Former Attorney General, A well known lawyer.
* Hon. Justice Visty . C. Gunathilake, PC - former Solicitor General Attorney Generals Department Sri Lanka.
* Hon. Justice Upawansa Yapa, PC - former Solicitor General Attorney Generals Department Sri Lanka
* Senaka Walgampaya PC - Currently serving as High Commissioner in Australia.
* Razik Zarook PC [ Former Ambassoder to yugoslavia, Hungary and High Commissioner of Singapore, Former Chairman Co-operative Wholesale Establishment, National Acquotic Resourses and Development Agency [ NARA] and former Chairman of Agriculteral Development Authority [ADA] .

ee also

President of Sri Lanka

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