High Court Seniority

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:
High Court Seniority

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This chapter discusses seniority on the high courts. Nearly half of those promoted to the SCI were high court chief justices. More than 80 per cent (85.2 per cent during the first period, 82.4 per cent during the second) were fourth or higher in seniority. For almost all of the eighteen judges who were fifth or lower, there is an explanation. Seniority and length of experience relative to chief justices of other high courts is not always the same thing. The premium placed upon seniority is not simply to assure that seasoned high court judges reach the SCI. It also reduces the possibly of ‘extraneous considerations’ — political or caste considerations are examples — being promotion criteria.

Keywords: Supreme Court of India; high court chief justices; seniority; promotion criteria

Chapter.  512 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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