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Short-term Chief Justices

In 2014 India will witness three Chief Justices. Moreover ten out of total 29 judges of Supreme Court will be retiring in the this year.

Present system of appointing senior-most judge of Supreme Court as Chief Justice of India does not allow many admiring luminaries amongst judges of the Apex Court to reach to the highest post in Indian judiciary with many others having a very short tenure sometimes of just couple a days as Chief Justice of India.

To give chances to more and more judges of Supreme Court and to provide some practically working duration to them, a roaster-system can be formulated whereby judges of Supreme Court may hold post of Chief Justice of India for one year by rotation according to seniority like presently exists for Dean at Faculty of Management Studies (Delhi University).

System will provide fair-most chance to most of the judges by doing their best in their fixed tenure of one year thereby and thus inducing a healthy competition for proving their worth for reforms in judicial system.

Also to prevent lobbying amongst High Court judges for being elevated to Supreme Court, retirement-age of High Court judges should be at par with that of Supreme Court judges at 65 years as at present. There should be a ban on any post-retirement posting for judges of higher courts.