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Madras high court

30 July 2013

Letter: 'Disturbing'The Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) claimed that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) gave a negative report on three judicial candidates.

01 July 2013

Senior-most Supreme Court justice P Sathasivam was appointed Chief Justice of India-designate on Saturday. He will be sworn in as the Chief Justice of India CJI) on 19 July, a day after current CJI Altamas Kabir’s retirement.

Sathasivam, aged 64, is the first judge from Tamil Nadu to become the CJI, reported the Hindu. He was elevated to the SC on 21 August 2007 while serving as a judge in the Punjab & Haryana high court and had never served as a high court CJ.

He started his career in 1973 after graduating from Government Law College Chennai, as a junior lawyer under Madras high court senior advocate Muthumani Duraisamy, according to the New Indian Express.

“Statistics point that just one per cent of cases from Madras High Court go on appeal to the Supreme Court whereas this figure is 12 per cent for Delhi High Court. We hope this scenario would change and he would do something about it,” Madras HC advocate NL Rajah told NIE.

Sathasivam – the 40th CJI – will retire on 26 April 2014.

27 June 2013

MHAA recalls judge choices: Madras HC Advocates Association (MHAA) petitions the CJI to reject the list of 15 proposed judges sent by the Madras HC collegiums to him, on the ground of it being below “constitutional standards”. “It appears that the names have been proposed on extraneous criteria such as caste, religion, office affiliations and political considerations. We at the Bar are deeply distressed, concerned and even alarmed at the partisan manner in which the selection is made,” said the MHAA in its representation to the CJI [Hindu]

HC Nagpur bench boost: Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court ups pre-vacation all time state-wide low bench strength (48 against sanctioned 75) by elevating tow lawyers Atul Chandurkar and Zaka Haq. The elevations were made after a gap of four years and there are now 12 judges at the Nagpur bench which still experiences a shortfall of 16 [TOI]

US SC for gay marriage: The US Supreme Court has struck down the US federal law that effectively banned gay marriage in the country and also dismissed an appeal against same sex marriage laws in California, restoring the right to gay marriage in the largest US state and nearly doubling the number of Americans living in states where gay marriage would be legal [Guardian]

Ramlu young training: RMLNLU Lucknow will hold a training session next month for young advocates under a new state-sponsored scheme – the Rajiv Gandhi Adhivakta Prashikshan Yojna’ (Rajiv Gandhi Advocate’s Training Scheme) to upgrade professional knowledge and skills of young advocates [HT]

21 June 2013

Monday’s Madras high court judgment by Justice Karnan caused debate, outrage and counter-outrage in and between traditional, new and social media, which unfortunately missed the wood for the trees, argues Prachi Shrivastava.

19 June 2013

Madras HC Read the full judgment of the Madras high court, which was the cause of controversy, outrage and humour on social and other media.

19 June 2013

Nalsar tops India Today: Nalsar Hyderabad displaced NLSIU Bangalore at first place in India’s top 25 law colleges this year according to India Today. NLSIU, Delhi University, NUJS Kolkata, NLIU Bhopal, GNLU Gandhinanar, Symbiosis Pune, NLU Jodhpur, ILS Pune, AMU Aligarh, BHU Varanai and Amity Law School Delhi follow Nalsar, in that order. [Rankings via India Today] Legally India has reduced coverage of third party law school rankings since last year.

Sweeping marriages: As social media buzz continued about the Madras HC maintenance order on sex and marriages, former Madras HC judge K Chandru “warns against the tendency to make sweeping statements in family matters”, saying that the Justice CS Karnan’s judgment reported yesterday is likely to be “misunderstood” by subordinate courts, which might force people into relationships merely because they have had sexual intercourse. [Times of India] Karnan, in turn, today defended the judgment, saying it was misunderstood, and “not only for the purpose of giving relief to the victim woman, but also to maintain the cultural integrity of India” [Hindu]

Suicidal state of affairs: “Treating a person who is driven to take such a drastic step as a hard-core criminal violates basic human dignity in a way few other actions do,” argues psychiatrist Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad about the law criminalising suicide attempts. He says that India should follow the example of 59 countries who have decriminalised attempted suicide. [Newslaundry]

Anti-PRISM PIL: Ex-Delhi University law prof, Professor SN Singh, files PIL to stop government using US internet companies’ services, and prays for government to take action against for breach of privacy, after US internet companies were revealed to have shared data of non-US citizens with US spies in leaked top secret documents [PTI]

25 February 2013

Amity University Noida’s law school lecturer allegedly gets abused and assaulted by student Abhinav Gupta - the son of a Samajwadi party MLA – after allegedly attendance-related grudge [Express]

Madras HC admonishes bureaucracy for “remarkable unwillingness and apathy” in implementing court orders, after nearly an 83 per cent rise in court cases in the last two decades [TOI]

21 February 2012

The Chennai High Court has cleared foreign lawyers from flying in and out of India to advise on foreign law, as well as the operations of legal process outsourcing (LPO) outfits, although it added that foreign lawyers would not be allowed to practice domestic law unless they registered with the Bar Council of India (BCI).

31 March 2011

The President of India has appointed ten additional judges as the permanent judges of the Madras High Court and inducted four new additional judges to the court.

24 June 2010

iyerthomas_karthik-seshadriAs lawyers in Tamil Nadu continue their fight to make Tamil the official court language through hunger strikes and the latest public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court, Madras High Court advocate and Iyer and Thomas partner H Karthik Seshadri highlights the dangers of a regional language-based divide.

06 May 2010

clock-fireman_by-roby-ferrariThe first hearing in the Chennai writ petition against 31 foreign law firms has run into the Madras High Court holidays and will not be heard for at least another month, although several other interested parties have now also pledged to file affidavits in support of the petition.