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Judicial Appointments – The Domain Game

13 Pages Posted: 14 May 2010 Last revised: 15 May 2010

Dr. John Varghese

Kerala Judicial Service

Date Written: May 11, 2010


The judicial appointments and the say of higher judiciary in finding the suitable candidates for filling up vacancies in higher judiciary has till recently been considered as a normal administrative process. But with the judiciary in India starting to demand a say in the judicial appointments on the premise of upholding independence of judiciary, a fierce debate on who should control the process has erupted. This paper examines the comparative position in various countries on judicial appointments and tries to find out the principles evolved through experience of various countries in the process of judicial appointments.

Keywords: judicial appointments, comparative study, Indian judiciary

JEL Classification: H11, K40, K49

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Dr. John Varghese, Judicial Appointments – The Domain Game (May 11, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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Judicial First Class Magistrate II
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