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Judges of the Supreme Court of India1950 - 1989$
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George H. Gadbois, Jr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.001.0001

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High Court Seniority

High Court Seniority

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(p.366) XII High Court Seniority
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Judges of the Supreme Court of India
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George H. Gadbois, Jr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.003.0030

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

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