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Supreme Court

06 July 2012

Sidharth LuthraExclusive: Supreme Court senior advocate Sidharth Luthra has today accepted his appointment to become additional solicitor general (ASG).

05 July 2012

Reports of foreign law firms' death greatly exaggeratedContrary to media reports, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed the Madras high court judgment on foreign law firms, expressly permitting the “fly-in-fly-out” of foreign lawyers, while reiterating the law laid down in the Bombay high court’s Lawyers Collective judgment preventing foreign lawyers from opening up offices in India.

04 July 2012

Round 2 Breaking: The Supreme Court has given 10 weeks to serve 31 foreign law firms and the respondents in the apex court appeal against the AK Balaji Madras writ petition, with the Bar Council of India (BCI) arguing that the law should prohibit foreign lawyers from even temporarily travelling to India to advise clients.

04 July 2012

Summertime: The living ain't easy Exclusive: Over the summer holidays the cases pending at the Supreme Court has shot up by around 3,000 cases, with 2,000 pending cases added in the month of July alone when just over 500 cases were disposed of – a record since the start of Legally India’s Pendency Project in May 2011. It’s not looking good.

14 June 2012

Mukul-RohatgiCourt Witness: To experience firsthand what exactly happens when all hell breaks loose, visit the Supreme Court of India on a miscellaneous day. 

08 June 2012

imageWhen Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia started his term in May 2010 it was widely reported that he didn’t take the traditional May-June court vacation but worked through it, aiming to look at ways of reducing the time it takes to hear cases and making the Supreme Court administration more efficient.

04 May 2012

Shelved The Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has requested advocates-on-record (AORs) to blacklist senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Wednesday, after the politician’s involvement in a “disquieting … incident”.

26 April 2012

AoRs are lawyers! The Supreme Court has removed the section on elementary principles of bookkeeping from its syllabus for this year’s advocates-on-record (AoR) examination which will be conducted from 4 to 7 June 2012.

13 April 2012

LI and Mint, together every fortnightMint legal correspondent Nikhil Kanekal argues in today’s legal page in the paper that the hearing the Supreme Court is waging against the media, is fundamentally unfair and misunderstands the trade of journalism, as lawyers and judges are often wont to.

12 April 2012

Right to school The Supreme Court struck down the challenge of private schools to the Right to Education Act (RTE) 2010, upholding its constitutional validity through a majority of chief justice SH Kapadia and Justice Swatanter Kumar.

11 April 2012

Shanti Bhushan Senior counsel Shanti Bhushan submitted to Chief Justice (CJI) Kapadia’s constitutional bench yesterday, that even incorrect statements do not justify restrictions on the media, and even half-truths and misinformation should not warrant punishment for contempt regardless of concern for the reputation of courts.

10 April 2012

LI and Mint, together every fortnight In today’s edition of Mint: On the morning of 10 August 2011, senior lawyer Harish Salve looked upset as he entered Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.H. Kapadia’s courtroom, holding a newspaper that had published an article on a case he was arguing in the Supreme Court.

09 April 2012


The pendency of cases at the Supreme Court of India is within a whisker of 60,000 – a new record - after rising by more than 700 cases in March 2012.

30 March 2012

JadhavExclusive: ALMT Legal has elevated Mumbai litigation senior associate Subhash Jadhav to partner as four associates were promoted to senior associate level.

30 March 2012

The Supreme Court was bluntly told on Thursday by senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan that it did not have the power to legislate and curb the press from reporting on court cases. Dhavan appeared on behalf of the Editors Guild, Foundation of Media Professionals and some individual journalists and argued that “internal mechanisms" of the media could resolve the concerns.

29 March 2012

Supreme Court filing: Not just for anyoneDay two of chief justice SH Kapadia’s constitutional bench hearing of the matter of press freedoms and individual rights saw the debate centered on the introduction of a “test of postponement” which will empower a judge in a criminal trial to prevent its publication if there is an apprehension of prejudice to the accused or any witness.

28 March 2012

SC v Media The Supreme Court’s special constitutional court of five judges headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sarosh Homa Kapadia descended into mixed messages and arguments yesterday as it sat for the first day to decide on new guidelines to regulate reporting of court cases by the media.

27 March 2012

Altamas KabirIt’s four in the evening and shadows lengthen along the main corridor of the Supreme Court of India. It is Friday, a miscellaneous day, and all courts have completed their work in time to enjoy what passes for a busy lawyer’s weekend - Friday evening.

All except one court.