Tenure of Chief Justices should be minimum of 3 years: KK Venugopal

The age of retirement for judges should be 68 in both Supreme Court and High Courts, he added.

Published: 21st November 2019 06:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2019 06:32 PM   |  A+A-

KK Venugopal

Attorney General KK Venugopal. (Photo| PTI)


NEW DELHI: Attorney General K K Venugopal on Thursday said that the tenure of Chief Justices across the country should be minimum of three years.

"The tenure of Chief Justices should be of a minimum of three years. Besides that, the age of retirement for judges should be 68 in both Supreme Court and High Courts," Attorney General Venugopal told ANI.

Currently, Supreme Court judges retire at the age of 65 whereas high court judges demit offices at 62.

Venugopal echoed similar sentiments earlier today while speaking at a function kept in honour of new Chief Justice of India S A Bobde.

"It is a matter of concern that the Chief Justices have only a year to function. By the time they settle down, they retire," he said.

While former chief justice Ranjan Gogoi served for 13 months, incumbent Chief Justice S A Bobde will have tenure of 17 months.

He also raked up the issue of jam-packed courts across the country. "Courts and corridors are crowded. New chambers are crowded as advocates do not have enough chambers to rest and prepare themselves,' the Attorney General added.

On the issue of pendency of cases in the courts across the country, Venugopal said that it requires a "multi-pronged attack and decision making" between the government, judges and lawyers.


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