Tamil Nadu

Six HC judges made permanent

Count has been increased to 44

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice issued a notification on Friday stating that the President had appointed six additional judges of the Madras High Court as permanent judges with effect from the date they assume charge by way of administration of oath by Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani.

With the appointment of Justices V. Bhavani Subbaroyan, A.D. Jagadish Chandira, G.R. Swaminathan, Abdul Quddhose, M. Dhandapani and P.D. Audikesavalu, the strength of permanent judges of the High Court goes up to 44, including the Chief Justice. About 15 judges would continue as additional judges.

From 2017

As of now, the working strength of judges of the Madras High Court is 59, against the sanctioned strength of 75.

All six judges who had been appointed as permanent judges were elevated from the Bar and had assumed office as additional judges of the High Court on June 28, 2017. The Supreme Court collegium cleared their names only last month.

Retirement age

As per rules, an additional judge would hold office for two years and would have to demit office if he/she was neither made permanent nor given extension of service.

However, once made permanent, a High Court judge could be removed from office, before attaining the retirement age of 62, only by way of impeachment proceedings before Parliament.

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