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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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The Archetypal Judge

The Archetypal Judge

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(p.376) The Archetypal Judge
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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/9780198070610.003.0033

This chapter describes the archetypal SCI judge. He was the son of a lawyer, often born into a family where law practice was a tradition. He was a Hindu and a brahmin. He was born in an urban area into a wealthy or upper middle-class family. He received both his baccalaureate and law degrees in India and was a high achiever. He began his professional career at age twenty-four before the high court of his home state. Twenty-two years later, he was appointed to that court. A dozen years later, by which time he was very senior, usually its chief justice, he was appointed to the SCI. He was 58.5 years of age when he arrived in Delhi and served for six and a half years until mandatory retirement forced his departure at age sixty-five. He remained active after leaving the bench, serving on officially appointed commissions.

Keywords:   high court, chief justice, Hinduism, brahmin, SCI judge, Delhi

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