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Professional Careers

George H. Gadbois, Jr

in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070610
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.003.0027
Professional Careers

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This chapter examines the professional careers of the judges. The average age at which these men had completed their education and commenced their professional careers was twenty-four. All, except the six ICS officers, began as practising lawyers, usually before the high court of the state where they would later be appointed. An average of thirty-four years later, they were SCI judges. Because appointment to a high court preceded appointment to the SCI for all except the three appointed directly from the bar, serving on a high court was a rite of passage. Thirty-four, in addition to private practice, had some experience as lawyers for the state or union governments. Illustrations of these posts are junior or senior standing counsel, government pleader, public prosecutor, and advocate general. Most of these posts were part-time and permitted simultaneous private practice, though the rules were not the same in every state.

Keywords: Indian Civil Service; practising lawyers; SCI judges; high court; private practice

Chapter.  636 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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