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An Independent, Colonial Judiciary: A History of the Bombay High Court during the British Raj, 1862–1947

Abhinav Chandrachud


In 2012, the Bombay High Court celebrated the 150th year of its existence. As one of the three High Courts first set up in colonial India in 1862, it functioned as a court of original and appellate jurisdiction during the British Raj for over 80 years, occupying the topmost rung of the judicial hierarchy in the all-important Bombay Presidency. Yet, remarkably little is known of how the court functioned during the colonial era. The historiography of the court is quite literally anecdotal. The most well known books written on the history of the court focus on humorous (at times, possibly apocryp ... More

Keywords: Bombay High Court, colonial judiciary, judges, British India, law and colonialism, legal history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199453306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abhinav Chandrachud, author
Advocate, Bombay High Court