Supreme Court Recommends 68 Names For 12 High Courts

The apex court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana has recommended 68 names in one stroke for elevation as judges of various High Courts.

More Important Points: 

  • The Collegium considered 112 candidates for High Court appointments. Sixty eight of 112 names have been recommended for appointments to 12 High Courts. Of the 68, there are 44 from the Bar and 24 from the Judicial Service.
  •  Scripting history in gender representation in the judiciary yet again, the Collegium recommended a woman judicial officer belonging to the Scheduled Tribes, Ms. Marli Vankung, as judge of the Gauhati High Court. If the government approves the recommendation, she would be the first ever High Court judge from the State of Mizoram.
  • Even otherwise, the Collegium’s recommended names have 10 women.
  • The 12 High Courts for which the names have been recommended are Allahabad, Rajasthan, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Assam.
  • The quickening of the pace of judicial appointments process both in the Supreme Court and the High Courts by the Chief Justice Ramana-led Collegium sends a strong message that the judiciary is determined to resolve the problem of vacancies with utmost priority.

 

Appointment of High Court Judges: 

  • Article 217 of the Constitution: It states that the Judge of a High Court shall be appointed by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice of India (CJI), the Governor of the State.
  • In the case of appointment of a Judge other than the Chief Justice, the Chief Justice of the High Court is consulted.
  • Consultation Process: High Court judges are recommended by a Collegium comprising the CJI and two senior-most judges.
  • The proposal, however, is initiated by the Chief Justice of the High Court concerned in consultation with two senior-most colleagues.