Justice Kurian Joseph and sitting judge Justice K. S.Radhakrishnan will now be a Keralite duo at the Supreme Court.Mr.Kurian Joseph will be sworn as Supreme Court Judge on March 8.
He had his education at St. Joseph’s U.P. School, Kalady, St. Sebastin’s High School, Kanjoor, Bharatha Matha College, Thrikkakara, Sree Sankara College, Kalady and the Kerala Law Academy Law College,Thiruvanathapuram.
Besides serving as a member of the Academic Council, University of Kerala during 1977-78, Mr. Kurian had functioned as General Secretary of the Kerala University Union in 1978. He was a senate member of Cochin University from 1983 to 85. Starting his legal practice in 1979, he served as government pleader in 1987.
He had also functioned as Additional Advocate General from 1994 to 96 at the Kerala High Court. He had been designated as Senior Advocate in 1996. He also served on the Board of Studies, Indian Legal Thought of Mahatma Gandhi University, and Kottayam in 1996. He had been President of the Kerala Judicial Academy from 2006 to 2008. He had been Executive Chairman of Kerala High Court Legal Services Committee from 2006 to 2009.
Appointed judge of the Kerala High Court in 2000, Mr. Kurian had functioned as Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court on two occasions. It was in February 2010 that he had been elevated as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.
Mr. Kurian Joseph always believes that people have high expectations from judiciary and it should play a pro-active role to meet their aspirations.
“The judiciary has been entrusted the vital task of establishing truth and it was the prime duty of every judge to uphold it,” he had said at a function held recently in Shimla.
According to him, upholding the truth would strengthen the credibility of the institution, besides ensuring justice to the needy.
Suave and affable, he endeared himself to the lawyers in Himachal Pradesh soon after taking over as Chief Justice. Even a recommendation to transfer him out of the Himachal Pradesh had been strongly resisted by the Bar of the entire state.
As a result, the Union Law Ministry refused to accede to the recommendations made by the Supreme Court collegium to transfer him as Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court
The Central government soon returned the file to the then Chief Justice of India, S.H. Kapadia. Then Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily reportedly shot off a two-page letter to the CJI saying that it would be inappropriate to transfer Justice Joseph within a short time after being sworn in as the chief justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.