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Chief Justice of India - A statistical survey

Chief Justice of India - A statistical survey

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A brief, statistical survey on the Chief Justices of India from January, 1950 to February, 2013
A brief, statistical survey on the Chief Justices of India from January, 1950 to February, 2013

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Data Source: Supreme Court of India website
©Bar & Bench ™
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Chief Justice of India: Facts and figures over the last six decades
Last week, on January 26, 2013 the Supreme Court of India completed 63 years of its existence. Through this period, the Apex Court has seen thirty-eight Chief Justices of India complete their tenure; a tenure whichranges from barely half a month to over seven years.
Bar & Bench
analyses some of the facts and figures related to the post of the Chief Justice of the country.
Bombay (7)19%Allahabad (5)14%Calcutta (4)11%Karnataka (3)8%Madras (2)5%Patna (2)5%Gujarat (2)5%Orissa (2)6%Delhi (2)6%Madhya Pradesh (2)6%Lahore (1)3%Nagpur (1)3%Punjab (1)3%Jammu & Kashmir (1)3%Kerala (1)3%
Parent High Court of former CJIs
Only four CJIs have been judgesof a court subordinate to theHigh Court, namely KNWanchoo, AM Ahmadi, RCLahoti and KG Balakrishnan.
Justice SM Sikri has been theonly CJI who was elevated to theSupreme Court from the post of Advocate General.
A CJI has an average experienceof 12 years as judge of a HighCourt
Sixteen former CJI’s have been
the Chief Justice of a High Courtwith tenures (as Chief Justice of a High Court) ranging from 4months to 7 years.
The Bombay High Court has
produced 7 CJI’s (the largest
number thus far)
Data Source: Supreme Court of India website
©Bar & Bench ™
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650908353405103415847741062863191026368251374389269752791118228242618341863788822992651118186 18641500305184391214871650531143917912501176325713299307231663373408425451364187720044378322637562470275120861687187121992141285230262518341024292615209924112001210424112337
SC Judge & CJI Tenure (1950-2013)
Tenure as CJI (Days) Tenure as SC Judge (Days)
The average tenure of a CJI as a judge of the Supreme Court(excluding time spent as CJI) is 2,442 days
Justice MP Sastri had the shortest tenure as a SupremeCourt judge (531 days) while Justice PN Bhagwati remainedas a judge in the Apex Court for 4,378 days
The average term of a CJI is 591 days
Justice KN Singh had the shortest tenure as Chief Justice of India (18 days) while Justice YV Chandrachudwas CJI for 2,697 days, the longest tenure thus far.
Two CJIs have died in harness namely the
country’s first CJI, Justice HJ Kania and its 20
 CJI, Justice Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Three CJI’s have resigned from their posts,
namely Justices BK Mukherjea, K Subba Rao,and RS Pathak
Data Source: Supreme Court of India website
©Bar & Bench ™
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Ages of former CJI's (1950-2013
Age at time of joining SC Age at time of appointment as CJI
The average age of a CJI when he is elevated to theSupreme Court is 56 years
Justice M Hidayatullah was 52 years when he was elevatedto the Supreme Court (the youngest of all CJI
s) whileJustice M Patanjali Sastri was 61 years old (the oldest of allCJI
The average age of a CJI when he is appointed as Chief Justice of India is 62 years.
Justice YV Chandrachud was just 57 years old when hebecame the CJI on July 11, 1985 while the oldest CJI wasJustice KN Singh who was 64 years and 11 months at thetime of becoming CJI.

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