Rear Admiral Sarath Palitha Fernando, PC, VNF is a Sri Lankan lawyer. He is the current Attorney General of Sri Lanka and had served as Solicitor General of Sri Lanka and Judge Advocate of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo, where he captained the College English and Sinhala debating teams, served as student chairman of the College English Literary Association and general secretary of the Sinhala Literary Association. He also became the President of the Young Zoologists' Association of Sri Lanka in 1976. Entering the Sri Lanka Law College he passed the preliminary and final examinations with First Class Honours, gaining the Prize for Commercial Law and the Hector Jayawardena Gold Medal. He gained a LLB from the University of Colombo as an external student and went on to gain two LLMs, one in International Law from the University of Colombo and another in International Commercial Law from the University of Bristol.
After taking oaths as an attorney at law he joined the Attorney General's Department as an acting State Counsel in 1980, later becoming a Senior State Counsel in 1989 and Deputy Solicitor General in 1997. During this time he prosecuted in several major crime cases.
In 2004 he was appointed Judge Advocate of the Sri Lanka Navy, as a Commodore in the Volunteer Naval Force to head legal branch of the navy. He had served as prosecutor and also Judge Advocate at several Courts Martial of all three Services, including the Court-Martial of the Commander Southern Naval Command in 2008.
In 2011, he was appointed Solicitor General and served as acting Attorney General from July 2012 until formal appointment in June 2012.
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