Supreme Court of Fiji
Justice Saleem Marsoof who is currently a Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji, had adorned the Official Bar in Sri Lanka for 28 years rising from State Counsel to the position of Additional Solicitor General prior to being elevated as the President of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka and Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. During his near decade tenure in Sri Lanka’s apex court, he has functioned as Acting Chief Justice on several occasions and has also held office as a Member of the Board of Management of the Sri Lanka Judges’ Institute and the Judicial Service Commission. He has taught law in several universities and has authored many books, book chapters and journal articles. The impact of his work, The Quazi Court System in Sri Lanka and its Impact on Muslim Women (2001) aroused so much interest that the then Minister of Justice and Law Reform appointed him to Chair a Committee of Experts to recommend amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951, and the ensuing Report was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in 2019. Justice Marsoof has also been associated in many other law reform initiatives in the diverse fields of Arbitration Law and Practice, Company Takeovers and Mergers and University Student Discipline, and the Report of the Anti-Ragging Committee chaired by him is currently being implemented by the University Grants Commission. While in recognition of his professional achievements he was appointed as a President’s Counsel in 1998, his contributions to the development of the law and law reform were recognized by the University of Colombo by conferring on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in December 2019.