The Supreme Court in Review, 2019

The Supreme Court Observer invites you to attend ‘The Supreme Court in Review, 2019’, in partnership with the NCS chapter of the St. Joseph’s College of Law, Bangalore. The event will bring together judges, lawyers, litigants, academics and students from across India to discuss the landmark judgments delivered by the Supreme Court in 2019. The event is designed to facilitate critical public engagement with the Supreme Court of India, and its judgments.

This one-day event will comprise three panels touching upon the themes of democracy, Supreme Court reform, and faith and religion.

Registration Details

This event is free and open to the general public. RSVP mandatory, click here.

When: 20 Dec 2019, 2.30pm – 7.45pm

Where: St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (see on Google Maps)

About the Supreme Court Observer

The Supreme Court Observer serves as a living archive of key Supreme Court of India cases. It is an initiative of the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore (CLPR). CLPR is a not-for-profit dedicated to making the Constitution work for everyone through law and policy research, social and governance interventions and strategic impact litigation.


2.30 – 3.00 PM – Registration and Tea

3.00 – 4.30 PM – Panel 1: Strengthening Democracy- 2019 saw a number of judgments with wide-ranging implications for democracy in India. These included questions on citizenship status, the conduct of elections, and the scope of Money Bills.

This panel will reflect upon the impact of these judgments on Indian democracy.


  • Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Founder and Trustee, Association for Democratic Reforms
  • Malavika Prasad, Doctoral Fellow, NALSAR
  • Nitin Sethi, Journalist

Key Cases: Electoral BondsVVPATTribunalsNRC

4.30 – 6.00 PM – Panel 2: Supreme Court Reform – Several questions regarding the reform of the Court have come to the fore in 2019: the recent RTI judgment, transparency in judicial appointments, use of “sealed covers” and more.

This panel will engage with these developments and what they mean for the Supreme Court as an institution.


  • Apurva Vishwanath, Journalist, Indian Express
  • Suhrith Parthasarathy, Advocate, Madras High Court
  • Vakasha Sachdev, Associate Editor (Legal), The Quint
  • Venkatesh Nayak, Coordinator, Access to Information, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Key Cases: RTIElevation of Justice Kureshi, sealed covers (CBI DisputeRafale DealAssam NRC), Land Acquisition (recusal issue), CJI Controversy

6.00 – 6.15 PM – Tea

6.15 – 7.45 PM – Panel 3: Religion and Faith – Through its decisions in the Ayodhya Title Dispute and the Sabarimala Review Petitions, the Supreme Court in 2019 confronted questions related to religion and faith.

This panel will look at these decisions and how they might impact upcoming cases like the Muslim women’s right to pray in mosques.


  • Hon’ble Justice (Retd.) Ashok Bangreppa Hinchigeri, High Court of Karnataka
  • Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate, High Court of Karnataka and Supreme Court of India
  • Sidharth Chauhan, Assistant Professor, NALSAR

Key Cases: Ayodhya Title DisputeSabarimala Review Petitions


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