- Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud has constituted an all-woman bench comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Bela M Trivedi to hear transfer petitions involving matrimonial disputes and bail matters, news agency PTI reported.
- This is the third time ever that an all-woman bench has been constituted in the Supreme Court. The first one was set up in 2013 when Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Ranjana Prakash Desai sat together temporarily in absence of another judge. In 2018, Justices R Banumathi and Indira Banerjee shared a bench, according to PTI.
- The latest all-woman bench, comprising Justices Kohli and Trivedi, has 32 matters listed before it, starting with 10 transfer petitions involving matrimonial disputes, followed by 10 bail matters. The development comes weeks after the CJI said that every bench of the Supreme Court will hear 10 transfer and bail petitions each on all working days to reduce cases on the supplementary list.
Women in the top court
- At present, there are only three women judges in the Supreme Court – Justices Kohli, Trivedi and BV Nagarathna, who is also slated to become first woman CJI in 2027. While Justice Kohli has a tenure until September 2024, Justice Trivedi will hold office until June 2025.