An Independent, Colonial Judiciary: A History of the Bombay High Court during the British Raj, 1862-1947 (Hardback)
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An Independent, Colonial Judiciary: A History of the Bombay High Court during the British Raj, 1862-1947 (Hardback)

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In 2012, the Bombay High Court celebrated the 150th year of its existence. As one of three high courts first set up in colonial India in 1862, it functioned as a court of original and appellate jurisdiction during the British Raj for over 80 years, occupying the topmost rung of the judicial hierarchy in the all-important Bombay Presidency. Yet, remarkably little is known of how the court functioned during the colonial era. The historiography of the court is quite literally anecdotal. The most well known books written on the history of the court focus on humorous (at times, possibly apocryphal) stories about 'eminent' judges and 'great' lawyers, bordering on hagiography. Examining the backgrounds and lives of the 83 judges-Britons and Indians-who served on the Bombay High Court during the colonial era, and by exploring the court's colonial past, this book attempts to understand why British colonial institutions like the Bombay High Court flourished even after India became independent. In the process, this book will attempt to unravel complex changes which took place in Indian society, the legal profession, the law, and the legal culture during the colonial era.

Publisher: OUP India
ISBN: 9780199453306
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 237 x 162 x 30 mm


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'An Independent, Colonial Judiciary' is much more than another case study on how the British rule of law progressively escaped its initial inceptors. It also provides the genealogy upon which the contemporary Indian high judiciary has come to claim its independence from the Indian political and, to an extent, democratic spheres ...Abhinav Chandrachuds monograph thus not only renews part of the Law and Society scholarship in re-focusing it on legal issues, but also paves the way for further studies on the genealogy of Indian legal institutions. * Jean-Philippe Dequen, Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History *
The themes are addressed with competence and fairness; and as becomes a conscientious researcher, a good deal of the analysis is backed up by statistical evidence, including some which throw light on the even-handedness and the efficiency of colonial justice. * The Commonwealth Lawyer *

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