Personal Information
Born:7th of March 1906
Died:5th of March 1974
Nationality:Sri Lankan
Education:Royal College, Colombo, Ceylon Law College
Occupation:Speaker of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Proctor of the Supreme Court of Ceylon in 1932
Parents:Charles Edgar Corea and Muriel May Seneviratne
Chilaw SC Tennis Team that won exactly 50 years ago, in 1962, the All Island Inter Club Tennis Title beating Colombo Champion team, the Fort TC. Both the Outstation Championship and All Island Championship shield are too in the picture. Standing (from L-R): Elmore Perera, C. Thabrew, Chinda Noordeen, Nihal Corea and Oscar Dalpethado. Seated (from L-R): Fairlie Dalpethado (Captain), Shirley Corea (President and the then Speaker of Parliament) and Merle Dalpethado.

Shirley Corea, as the Speaker of Parliament


SRIKUMARADAS CHARLES SHIRLEY COREA was born on 7th of March 1906 in Chilaw, Sri Lanka to Charles Edgar Corea and Muriel May Seneviratne. His siblings were Swarna, Elaine, Doreen, Leila, Charles and Nancy. His father Charles Edgar Corea and his brother Victor Corea were identified as Freedom Fighters and Shirley Corea grew up within this political background. He passed away on the 5th of March 1974.

Educated at Royal College, Colombo, Shirley Corea excelled in school debates and was the Secretary of the Royal College Social Service League, of which he was a founder member. Enrolling in the Ceylon Law College, he passed out as a Proctor of the Supreme Court of Ceylon, in 1932. Practicing in Chilaw, he extended his court appearances to the surrounding areas where his services were sought after. He was a lawyer of good repute in the country. He even appeared in a case in Madras, India, where he represented the late Eddie Jayamanne, a film actor and husband of the equally famous actress, Rukmani Devi.

Taking to Politics, he first won the Parliamentary Seat for Chilaw in 1952, representing the United National Party (UNP). He served as the Parliamentary Secretary (Junior Minister) to the late R. G. Senanayake who was the Minister of Trade, Commerce and Fisheries, in the Government of the late Sir John Kotelawala. Shirley Corea was appointed Minister of Trade, Commerce and Fisheries, when the Hon. R. G. Senanayake resigned. Re-elected to the Chilaw seat in 1965, he was appointed as the Deputy Speaker to the House of Representatives and Chairman of Committees in the Government of Dudley Senanayake (Prime Minister) in 1965 and was elected Speaker on the death of Sir Albert Peiris (the incumbent) in 1967, till the 25th of March 1970. His official residence at the time, was `Mumtaz Mahal’ in Colpetty, Colombo. As the Speaker, Shirley Corea was reputed to be non-partisan and fair in his rulings.

He was lauded for developing his electorate, concentrating on the needs of the community and not individuals. The Yoda-Ela Scheme in Karawita, Sengal Oya Scheme, the development of Karukupone and the Udappuwa Village and uplifting the Transport, Health and Education Services in the electorate were his priority. Special attention was given to the uplifting of all schools in his electorate, especially Ananda College, Chilaw. He was the Patron of the Chilaw District Boy Scout Association, Chairman of the Chilaw Puttalam Planters Association, Chairman of the Chilaw Negombo Rotary Club, President of the Chilaw Sports Club, President of the Commonwealth Association and President of the Law Society of Ceylon. He was delegate to the `Peace through the Rule of Law’ conference. A devoted Christian, Mr. Corea served as a member of Diocesan Council of the Church of Ceylon. It was on his initiative, that the foundation stone for the Chilaw Bauddha Mandiraya was laid, by the then Governor General of Ceylon, the late William Gopallawa. The site, being adjacent to the District Court of Chilaw, it was amidst the opposition of the legal fraternity, that Shirley Corea successfully launched this project.

Shirley Corea was appointed by law, a member of the very first incorporated Law Society of Ceylon. (See Section 4 of the Law Society Ordinance No.33 of 1947 below). The society was incorporated in July 1947 to better regulate affairs of Proctors in Ceylon, and functioned until the ordinance was repealed many decades later. Below is the full text of the Ordinance.


Repealed By Administration of Justice Law, No. 44 of 1978,

Volume No.10, Page No.251.

Whereas a society, called and known as " The Law Society of Ceylon ", has heretofore been established at Colombo for the purpose of carrying out and transacting its objects and business according to the by-laws agreed to by its members :


And whereas the said society has applied to be incorporated in order to enable it more effectively to carry out and fulfill the several objects and matters for which it was established, and it is for the public advantage to grant the application:


Be it therefore enacted by the Governor of Ceylon, with the advice and consent of the State Council thereof, as follows: -

Ordinance Nos,
33 of 1947  
Act Nos,
4 of 1957  
44 of 1973  
[2nd July , 1947 ]
Short title. 

1. This Ordinance may be cited as The Law Society Ordinance.

Incorporation of the Law Society of Ceylon. 

2. With effect from the commencement of this Ordinance, the president, vice-presidents and members of the council for the time being of the Law Society of Ceylon and such and so many persons as now are or may hereafter be members of the said society shall be a corporation under the name of " The Incorporated Law Society of Ceylon ", and in that name shall have perpetual succession and shall and. may sue and be sued, and shall have full power and authority to have and use a common seal and to change and alter the same at their pleasure.


The society hereby incorporated is hereinafter referred to as " the society ".

General objects of the society. 

3. The general objects for which the society is constituted are hereby declared to be -


(a) to maintain correct and uniform practice and discipline among the members of the profession of proctors in their capacity as proctors, or as notaries, or as both ;


(b) to establish, regulate, and maintain libraries, pension and benefit schemes and other financial arrangements, for the benefit of its members and their dependants ;


(c) to consider, represent and express the opinion of its council or members, and to collect and circulate information, relating to legislative or other measures affecting the civil or criminal law of Ceylon;


(d) generally to protect and promote the interests and welfare, rights and privileges of the profession of proctors in Ceylon and of the public in relation to that profession ;


(e) to discharge and perform such functions" and duties as may be conferred or imposed upon the society or any committee thereof by any other written law.


Council of the society. 



(1) The affairs of the society shall, in accordance with the by-laws in force for the time being of the society, be administered by a council consisting of the president the vice-presidents and other members elected by the society in accordance with the by-laws.


(2) The first council shall consist of the following persons : -


S. J. C. Kadirgamar, President,



H. de S. Kularatne  
G.T Hale Vice-Presidents,
E. M. Karunaratne  
E. G. Jonklaas  






S. R. Ameresekera D. C. Wiratunga
K. T. Chittampalam N A. M. Saheed
. J. V. Cooray Anthony J. M. de Silva
C. M. G. De Saram T. C. Rajaratnam
Fred De Saram C. R. Tambiah
Felix De Silva J. F. Ponnambalam
George H. Gratiaen J. Austin Cooray
D. H. N. Jayamaha H. A. de Abrew
P. D. A. Mack J. A. W. Kannangara
A. C. Mohammado E. Ashley Peries
George R. Motha J. H. Fernando
Merrill W. Pereira M. A. S. Marikar
J. M. Pereira A. S. Karunaratne
B. J. St. V. Perera V. R. Wikramatilleka
S. Ratnakaram P. Tambiraja
F. Rustomjee D. A. B. Ratnayake
H. C. J. Rustomjee F. J. A. Ponrajah
C. Sevaprakasam B. R. G. Wijeyekoon
S. Somanathan W. Balasuriya
S. Somasunderam S. Samarasinghe
S. Nata Raja H. de Z. Siriwardene
L. V. B. de Jacolyn Seneviratne S. K. Wijayaratnam
N. S. Rasiah P. P. Sumanatilake
K. T. E. de Silva Lyn S. Fernando
T. C. P. Fernando F. A. C. Tirimanne
T. Fred Blaze M. Esurapadham
S. C. Shirley Corea C. Thanabalasingham
S. D.. Karunaratne L. E. David
M. W. R. de Silva M. A. W. Gunasekera
D.P. Attapattu D. Rajaratnam



Power to make by-laws. 



(1) It shall be lawful for the society from time to time, in general meeting of the society and by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting, to make by-laws for the admission, resignation, suspension or expulsion of members; for the Position of fines and forfeitures for breaches of by-laws ; for the conduct of the duties of the council and of the various officers, agents and servants of the society ; for the procedure in the transaction of business ; and otherwise generally for the management of the affairs of the society and the accomplishment of its objects.


(2) The by-laws set out in the Schedule * [* Schedule omitted under section 6 (1) of the Revised Edition of the Legislative Enactments Act.] to this Ordinance shall be deemed to have been made under subsection (1) and shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (3), be for all purposes the by-laws of the society.


(3) The by-laws in the Schedule * [* Schedule omitted under section 6 (1) of the Revised Edition of the Legislative Enactments Act.] or any of them, or any other by-law made by the society under subsection (1) may be altered, added to, amended, or rescinded in general meeting of the society, by a majority of votes of the members present and voting thereat.


Power to acquire property. 



(1) The society shall be able and capable in law to acquire by purchase, gift, devise, bequest, or exchange or in any other manner, and to hold and enjoy in perpetuity or for any lesser term, subject to any express trust or otherwise, any property, movable or immovable, of any nature or kind whatsoever.


(2) All debts and liabilities of the Law Society of Ceylon existing at the date of the commencement of this Ordinance shall be deemed to be debts and liabilities of the society hereby incorporated, and all debts, subscriptions, contributions and fines due or payable to the said Law Society of Ceylon at the date aforesaid shall be due and payable to the society hereby incorporated.


Annual grant by Government to the society. 

7. The Government shall make to the society, out of the Consolidated Fund,1 a grant of fifty thousand rupees per annum. The amount of the grant shall be paid to the society on or before the thirtieth day of September in each year, commencing in the year 1947.

Application of property, moneys, &c. 

8. All property movable and immovable acquired or held by the society, and all moneys paid to or received by the society under this Ordinance or the by-laws shall be held, used and applied by the society in accordance with the by-laws, for the furtherance of its objects ; and subject to such by-laws, the society shall have power, from time to time, to sell, grant, convey, devise, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of or mortgage any such property, and to invest its funds in such manner as may be necessary or expedient for the furtherance of its objects.

[ 2, 4 of 1957]



(1) For the purposes of the constitution of disciplinary committees for holding inquiries required by the Supreme Court under section 17A of the Courts Ordinance to be held into complaints of misconduct against proctors or proctor-notaries, there shall be appointed in the manner hereinafter set out a panel consisting of not more than fourteen members of the society.


(2) A person shall be eligible for appointment to the panel aforesaid if, but only if, he is a member of the society and is nominated for such appointment by the society in general meeting by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting thereat.


(3) The names of the persons so nominated shall be submitted to the Chief Justice who shall have power, in his absolute discretion, to appoint members to the panel from among the persons so nominated, to appoint one of such members to be the chairman of the panel, and to reject any such nomination without reason stated.


(4) Every person appointed to the panel shall be a member thereof for a period of three years from the date of his appointment, unless he is earlier removed therefrom by the Chief Justice acting in his absolute discretion, or earlier vacates the office by resignation or by ceasing to be a member of the society. Every member of the panel who vacates office as such by effluxion of time shall be eligible for renomination and re appointment.


(5) Any casual vacancy in the panel may be filled in accordance with the provisions of subsections (2) and (3).


(6) Where any inquiry is required under section 17A of the Courts Ordinance to be held by a disciplinary committee, the Chief Justice, after consultation with the chairman of the panel, shall appoint three persons from among the members of the panel to constitute the disciplinary committee for the purposes of the inquiry, and shall appoint one of them to be the president of that committee.


The seal of the society to be affixed. 

10. The seal of the society shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of at least two members of the council, who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

Saving as to rights of Her Majesty and others. 

11. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall prejudice or affect the rights of Her Majesty the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, or any body politic or corporate, or of any other persons, except such as are mentioned in this Ordinance and those claiming by, from, or under them.

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