No word yet in the public domain on the start of the nomination process for the next CJI

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to retire on August 26

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to retire on August 26

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana is less than a month into his tenure which has seen a flurry of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and High Courts, powerful speeches from the CJI as well as timely interventions from the highest court.

He retires on August 26.

However, there is no word in the public domain on when the process of appointing his successor will begin.

According to the seniority criterion, Judge UU Lalit is on track to be the 49th CJI. Judge Lalit, if appointed, would serve a term of barely three months. He retires on November 8, 2022.

The ‘Memorandum of Procedure for the Appointment of Supreme Court Judges’ states that “Appointment for the office of Chief Justice of India should be that of the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court who is considered fit to hold that position. “.

The process, according to the memorandum, begins with the Union Law Minister seeking the outgoing CJI’s recommendation on the next appointment.

The Minister must seek the CJI’s recommendation “at the appropriate time”. The Memorandum does not elaborate or specify a timetable.

However, if the past custody changes to the post of senior judge were to be seen, the Minister of Justice had requested the recommendation and the outgoing CJI had sent his response with a month to spare for the day of the latter’s retirement.

The memorandum states that “After receiving the recommendation of the Chief Justice of India, the Minister of Justice, Justice and Union Affairs will submit the recommendation to the Prime Minister who will advise the President on the appointment “.