The Department of Forensic Medicine was Established in 1980 in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna as a division under Department of Pathology and separated as a Department later.
The First Academic Staff Dr.Navaratnam . Saravanapavananthan was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 1980, and Promoted as Professor of Forensic Medicine. He was the only academic staff member until he passed away in June 1992.
Since then all academic cadres in the Department remained vacant and the course was conducted by visiting Lecturers from the teaching Hospital Jaffna and Consultant Judicial Medical Officers.
Presently Dr.M.Sivasubramaniam Consultant Judicial Medical Officer General Hospital Panandura is functioning as Visiting Lecturer(Consultant) and as Chief Examiner of this Subject.