Sri Lankan-born Suranganie Kumaranayake has been appointed Superior Court of Justice for the Province of Ontario in Brampton.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada made the announcement she was recommending the appointment of 19 new judges recently, the Lanka Reporter website in Canada reported.
Seven provinces are getting 19 new judges as the federal government tries to narrow the number of judicial vacancies in a stressed system, according to a report by CP.
Justice Kumaranayake replaces Justice D.F. Dawson, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective April 11, 2018.
Justice Kumaranayake holds a B.A. (Honours) in psychology and sociology from Queen’s University, an LL.B. from the University of Windsor, and a Certificate in Mental Health from Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, according to her bio released by the ministry.
Prior to her appointment, Justice Kumaranayake practiced exclusively in child protection for close to 16 years, initially as legal counsel with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. In December 2003, she joined the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton as legal counsel. Prior to entering the field of child protection, she worked as Staff Criminal Duty Counsel. In this role, she appeared in several courthouses throughout Toronto, as well as in the specialized court programs at Old City Hall: the Toronto Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, Integrated Domestic Violence Court, and Gladue Court. (Colombo Gazette)