Polity Notes

Nine New Judges Appointed in Supreme Court

The collegium of Supreme Court recommends the names for appointment as Chief Justice of India, judges of Supreme Court, Chief Justice and judges of various High Courts & transfer of Chief Justice & Judges of a High Court from one High Court to another.

Supreme Court collegiums consists of Chief Justice of India & 4 senior Judges of Supreme Court. Collegium of Supreme Court recommended 9 names for appointment as new judges of Supreme Court. President Sh. Ram Nath Kovind gave his accent on the recommendations of collegium and appointed 9 new judges of Supreme Court w.e.f. 31/8/21. Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana administered the oath of office to nine new judges on 31/8/21. Three women judges including Justice BV Nagarathna, who is in line to be the first women Chief Justice of India in sep. 2027 were sworn in along with two another women judges-Justice Hima Kohli and justice Bela M Trivedi. Justice Indira Banerjee has already been serving as a judge since Aug 2018. The apex court now has four sitting women judges – the highest ever in its history. Sh. Justice PS Narsimha is a senior advocate and is appointed judge (direct from Bar to Bench) while rest of 8 judges were Chief Justice /Judges of various High Courts.

After their swearing in, the strength of Supreme Court now goes up to 33 including Chief Justice of India, out of total sanctioned strength of thirty four.

Note: The Chief Justice of India is administered oath of office by President and Judges of Supreme Court are administered oath of office by Chief Justice of India).