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The Supreme Court of India has re-started the process of Senior Designations by conferring Senior gown on twenty-five retired High Court judges.
A letter sent by Additional Registrar Rakesh Kumar to the Registrar Generals of all High Courts states that the Supreme Court of India, in a Full Court meeting held on September 6, has designated twenty-five former judges of High Courts.
The last time the Supreme Court designated a retired judge as Senior Advocate was on August 31, 2016. With regard to lawyers, the last designation was made more than three years ago, in April 2015.
The Court had subsequently refrained from making any Senior Designations as it came to be seized of a petition filed by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising for streamlining the procedure for designating lawyers as Senior Advocates.
Though that case concluded last year, with a judgment being delivered on October 12, 2017, it took the Supreme Court more than ten months to frame rules pursuant to the judgment.
The Court eventually notified the guidelines last month and invited applications from interested candidates for the Senior gown.
Interestingly, around 75 retired judges had applied for the gown this time though only 25 have been cleared.
Read the letter below.