Two candidates declared their candidacy this week for the post of President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) for the year 2017/2018.
Udaya Rohan De Silva known as U.R. De Silva, senior criminal practitioner has declared his intention to contest the post. He was elected as the BASL Treasurer in 2008.
Educated at Ananda College, Colombo, Mr. De Silva was called to the Bar in 1983. Since then he has been engaged in active criminal practice not confined to Colombo but island wide and appeared in numerous sensational trials including Trial-at-Bar proceedings.
As the chairman of the Standing Committee of Law Week of the Bar Association for several years and as the Commissioner of the Legal Aid Commission he had organised Law Awareness Programmes and free Legal Aid Clinics with members of the Bar for the needy people in the country.
The Sunday Times learns that Prasanna Jayawardena, President’s Counsel, former Deputy President of the BASL from 2013 to 2015 is also a likely contender for the post but no formal announcement of his candidacy has been made at this early stage.