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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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Age and Tenure

Age and Tenure

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(p.368) XIII Age and Tenure
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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/9780198070610.003.0031

This chapter examines age and tenure in the SCI. The average age of appointment to the SCI was 58.5. The age of appointees depended to some extent on who was the CJI. There is, of course, some relationship between age and high court seniority when appointed, but the older appointees are quite often not the most senior on their high courts. The age of appointees has not been a matter of much public concern. There has been little criticism over the appointment of septuagenarians. The most obvious result of tenures averaging six and a half years is frequent turnover. Welcoming handshakes and goodbye’s were routine. There were only five years when there was no fresh appointment, and five when there was not a single retirement. However, the actual average tenure was slightly lower because of deaths and resignations. Nine died while on the bench and eleven resigned.

Keywords:   SCI appointment, high courts, seniority, septuagenarians, retirement, average tenure

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