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‘No-stress courts’: All lawyers to get patient hearing, promises CJI | India News

Justice DY Chandrachud swore to “bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India” to perform duties of CJI’s office “duly and faithfully and to the best of (his) ability, knowledge and judgment… without fear or favour, affection or ill-will” and to “uphold the Constitution and the laws”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conspicuous by his absence at the swearing-in ceremony.
At the SC, where he was appointed as a judge on May 13, 2016, CJI Chandrachud garlanded the Mahatma Gandhi statue gifted to the court by late LM Singhvi and installed in front of the CJI’s courtroom. On his first day in SC as CJI, he was accompanied by his wife Kalpana Das. Justice Chandrachud will celebrate his 63rd birthday on November 11 and will have a tenure of two years and two days as CJI before retiring on November 10, 2024.
He began his judicial work at 12.15pm, against the scheduled 10.30am, and started with an apology for keeping lawyers waiting in his court. Importantly, he promised to make his courtroom and other courts in the SC “no-stress courts”, indicating that senior as well as junior lawyers would get patient and adequate hearing from the judges without sharp critical comments, often made in the past by judges while dealing with socio-political issues.
After an LLB degree from Campus Law Centre, Justice Chandrachud did LLM and was awarded Doctorate in Juridical Sciences (SJD) from Harvard Law School, USA. He started his practice at Bombay HC and Supreme Court. He was designated a senior advocate in June 1998.
He was appointed additional solicitor general of India and continued as such till his appointment as a judge of the Bombay HC on March 29, 2000. He became chief justice of Allahabad HC on October 31, 2013 and served in that post till his appointment to the SC as a judge.
His two sons Abhinav and Chintan are lawyers. CJI Chandrachud and wife Kalpana are foster parents to two special children.

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