Madras High Court Turns 150

Our Independence Day also marks the 150th anniversary of the Madras High Court. The Hindu published an excellent opinion editorial on the subject by Justice Chandru who is a sitting judge. He calls for a social audit of the High Court’s performance, which is something all our courts probably need. He also calls for doing away with the summer vacation and having rotational leave among judges and allowing Tamil as a language in which pleadings can be made. I’m also struck by this profile of Chandru who appears to have dispensed with colonial practices and customs that are still in vogue at the High Court.
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