73 years of SC: Singapore Chief Justice to deliver first annual lecture

The Supreme Court of India is going to complete 73 years on Saturday. Chief Justice of Singapore Sundaresh Menon is scheduled to deliver the first annual lecture for the 73rd Foundation Day of SC.

Today, Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud’s bench is being observed and attended to by Justice Menon. Inviting Justice Menon to give the inaugural lecture on “The Role of the Judiciary in a Changing World” on February 4 in honour of the Supreme Court’s founding anniversary, CJI Chandrachud said it was an honour to have him.

The Supreme Court’s new building complex’s auditorium will host an event to celebrate the Supreme Court’s 73rd anniversary.

The top court of India came into existence in 1950. Earlier, it functioned from the Parliament House till it moved to the present building on Tilak Marg, New Delhi.

Two days after the nation became a Sovereign Democratic Republic on January 28, 1950, the supreme court was established.

The Council of States and the House of the People of India’s Parliament, which is housed in the same structure as the inauguration, meet in the Chamber of Princes.

In 1958, the Court relocated to the current structure. The structure is designed to resemble a set of scales. The centre beam of the scales is the building’s central wing. The East Wing and the West Wing, two New Wings, were built to the complex in 1979. There are a total of 19 courtrooms spread across the building’s various wings.

The largest court is the Chief Justice’s Court, which is situated in the Central Wing’s Center.

The Supreme Court was to have a Chief Justice and seven puisne judges under the original Constitution of 1950, which left it up to Parliament to increase this number. The Supreme Court’s website states that in the early years, all of the judges sat together to hear cases. However, as the court’s workload increased and case backlogs started to accumulate, Parliament increased the number of judges from 8 in 1950 to 11 in 1956, 14 in 1960, 18 in 1978, 26 in 1986, 31 in 2009, and 34 in 2019 (current strength).

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