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The Informal Constitution: Unwritten Criteria in Selecting Judges for the Supreme Court of India

Abhinav Chandrachud


Between 1950–2009, 189 judges (including 37 Chief Justices) served on the Supreme Court of India, one of the world’s most powerful courts. Not enough is known about who these judges were and the criteria that were used to appoint them to the court, especially those who served on the court in relatively recent times. Broadly speaking, India’s Constitution formally provides that three types of candidates can be appointed to the Supreme Court: (1) High Court judges of five years’ standing, (2) High Court lawyers of ten years’ standing, or (3) ‘distinguished jurists’, that is, law professors or ot ... More

Keywords: Supreme Court of India, judiciary, judicial appointments, judicial tenure, seniority, diversity, Judges’ Cases, collegium, comparative constitutional law, law and society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198098560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198098560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abhinav Chandrachud, author
J.S.D Candidate, Stanford Law School, Stanford, California, USA