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11 January 2016

115 new high court judges could be soon appointed, as per plans expressed by union law minister DV Sadananda Gowda, reported the Express.

Gowda said that the 453 high court judge vacancies which are there in India at the moment, will increase to 472 by the end of June.

He added that he recently met and requested Chief Justice of India TS Thakur to fill up 115 of those posts, and also said that 87 new additional judges are also in his appointment plans.

03 April 2013

Judges meet24 CJs and 28 SC judges will converge on Delhi between April 4 and 7 with tall orders.

28 January 2013

The total number of high courts (HC) in India rose to 24 after the north-eastern states of Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya each inaugurated their own.

Including the chief justice, Tripura will have four judges. Meghalaya and Manipur will have three judges each, according to The Hindu.

Himachal Pradesh HC judge Deepak Gupta will head Tripura, Patna HC judge T Meenakumari will head Meghalaya, and Chhatisgarh HC judge AM Sapre will head Manipur.

Three high courts will also see new chief justices presiding: Madras HC will soon be headed by Justice RK Agrawal – presently in Allahbad HC; Madras HC judge S Nagappan will be the new chief justice of the Orissa HC; and Gujarat HC judge DH Waghela will be the chief justice of the Karnataka HC. [Hindu]

20 November 2012

Delhi’s more than 24 tribunals, with 5 more in the pipeline, are demanding official bungalows for their heads “in keeping with their [retired judge] rank”. However, while 32 bungalows for Supreme Court judges and 45 for high court judges are reserved in Lutyens’ Delhi, no such quota exists for tribunal judges.

An official of the urban development ministry informed that tribunal chairpersons are allotted bungalows from the judges’ quota on request received from the secretary general of the Supreme Court or registrar of the high court, and that the ministry is under continuous pressure from the judiciary. [India Today]

Meanwhile, tribunals continue facing growing criticism about their effectiveness and efficiency, yet more keep getting created. [The Firm]

24 September 2012

High courts at Delhi, and Punjab and Haryana got new chief justices while the tenure of Kerala high court’s chief justice was renewed on Friday.

Delhi high court’s 58-year-old chief justice AK Sikri took oath as chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court on Sunday. 61-year-old Delhi HC judge Darmar Murugesan moved into Sikri’s chair at the high court. Kerala high court’s 56-year-old acting chief justice Manjula Chellur will continue as chief justice of the court for another term [PTI]

03 September 2012

The retirement age for high court judges should be increased from 62 to 65 to match the current retirement age of Supreme Court judges, argues former solicitor general of India TR Andhyarujina. For Supreme Court judges it should, in turn, be raised to 70 to match the international standard, he adds.

“With no logic, the Constitution-makers had a poor notion of the fitness of High Court judges after 60, but a higher notion of the competence of Supreme Court judges after 60, for whom they prescribed retirement at 65,” he says.

He asserts that early retirement age is a disincentive to lawyers to take up the judicial post, takes away the opportunity from judges to acquire “maturity, learning and experience”, and increases their anxiety to look for alternate employment after retirement, also high court judges then tend to “unbecomingly” covet Supreme Court judgeships.

Australia, Ireland, Israel and South Africa retire their SC judges at 70 while the US prescribes no retirement age. A US judge Blackmum served until the age of 85 while chief justice Rehnquist served till death at 80. [The Hindu]

02 March 2011

Three new high courts in the north-eastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya may soon be set up as Law Minister Veerappa Moily has submitted in a memorandum to the union cabinet in a move that would require amendment of the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act 1971.