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Published: 01 July 2014

336 Pages | 9 (line drawings)

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198098560

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The Informal Constitution

Unwritten Criteria in Selecting Judges for the Supreme Court of India

Abhinav Chandrachud

  • There is no book of this kind that comprehensively discusses the process of appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of India.
  • The basis of the book are interviews personally conducted by the author with 29 former judges of the Supreme Court of India.
  • The book is an empirical study of judicial appointments made to the Supreme Court of India since Independence.
  • The central thesis of the book is that there are three informal criteria which are used for appointing judges to the court: age, seniority, and diversity.
  • The book is of great contemporary relevance, given the fact that in recent times, the credibility of the judiciary as an institution has come in question even more.
  • The book is well written and coherent with rich analyses of case law and other developments relating to the process of judicial appointments.

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