Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, after a 13 months stint as the CJI, will retire on 17 November 2019. This post introduces the next five Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of India, assuming that the seniority norm is followed.

Two of the next five Chief Justices will be from the Bombay High Court, which is currently the most represented region at the Supreme Court. Also, the Supreme Court, for the first time, is likely to have a Chief who has been directly elevated from the Bar. In terms of tenure, all the five successive CJIs barring Chandrachud.J will serve less than the average term of 18 months.

 

  1. Justice Sharad Bobde

Tenure: November 2019 to April 2021

After having practiced in the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court for 21 years, Bodbe J entered judiciary as the Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in 2000. He briefly served as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and within a year was elevated to the Supreme Court. He is slated to be the next Chief Justice with a 17 months tenure.

As of 20 June 2019 he has authored 62 judgments and has been cited in 51. He has been on some of the important cases including: Aadhaar-Right to Privacy, Re-promulgation of Ordinances, EWS Reservation, Ayodhya Title Dispute

 

  1. Justice NV Ramana

Tenure: April 2021 to August 2022

Ramana.J practiced at the Andhra Pradesh High Court before being elevated as its judge in 2000. Later he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in 2013 and within three months he was elevated to the Supreme Court. He will be the Chief Justice for 16 months.

Till 20 June 2019 he has penned 128 judgments with a special focus on criminal law matters. Ninety judgments have cited him. Some of his key cases are: Female Karta Issue, CJI Impeachment Case,  RTI & Judicial Independence, MLA Bribery Case.

 

  1. Justice UU Lalit

Tenure: August 2022 to November 2022

Lalit. J practiced at the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court where he was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2004. His practice largely focused on criminal law. He will be the Chief Justice for a brief period of three months. And likely to be the first CJI to have been directly elevated from the Supreme Court Bar.

As of 20 June 2019, he has authored 177 judgments, with a high concentration of criminal law matters and is cited in 99 judgments. He was a part of the Bench in crucial cases including:Triple Talaq, Legality of SC/ST Act Amendment, Section 498A Guidelines.
 

  1. Justice DY Chandrachud

Tenure: November 2022 to November 2024

Chandrachud.J began practicing in the Supreme Court and High Court at Gujarat, Calcutta, Allahabad, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. He got designated as the Senior Advocate in 1998. In 2000 he was appointed as a judge of the Bombay High Court. He went on to become the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court in 2013 and was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2016. He is likely to have a two year tenure as the CJI.

As of 20 June 2019, he has written 201 judgments along with being cited in 100 judgments. He has been a part of several significant decisions that include Constitutionality of Aadhaar Act, Hadiya Marriage Case, Special Status of Delhi, Sabarimala Temple Entry, Fundamental Right to Privacy.
 

  1. Justice Sanjiv Khanna

Tenure: November 2024 to May 2025

Khanna.J started his legal practice at the Delhi High Court. After over twenty years of practice, he was appointed as a judge to the Delhi High Court. Later, without serving as the Chief Justice in any other high courts, he was directly elevated to the Supreme Court in 2019. He will serve as the CJI for 6 months.

In the past six months he has written 7 judgments. He is in the bench of cases that include RTI & Judicial Independence, Electoral Bonds, MLA Bribery Case.