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Not the US Supreme Court: The judges of the top court are called “Your Honor”

Not US Supreme Court: top court calls 'Your Honor'

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cautioned a law student for not addressing the judges as “Your Honor” (File)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday warned a law student not to address judges as “your honor” because it was not the “US Supreme Court”.

The bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniam said, “When you call us ‘Your Honor’, it looks like you have the US Supreme Court.”

He immediately apologized to the bench and said he would address the court as “your suzerainty”.

To this, CJI Bobde said: “Whatever, but don’t use inappropriate words”.

The bench told them that in the US Supreme Court and the magistrate court here, the court can be addressed as “Your Honor” but not in the Indian Supreme Court.

The bench then asked him what his case was, in which the students, who had appeared in person, said that their plea was to strengthen the judiciary infrastructure on criminal jurisdiction.


The bench told him whether he knows that there is already a case pending in the Supreme Court with instructions to strengthen the infrastructure of the judiciary in a phased manner to strengthen the infrastructure of the judiciary.

The law student faced ignorance following which the bench said that it appears that he has not done his homework before knocking the door of the court.

It told the petitioner that there is a case pending as Malik Mazhar Sultan vs. UPSC in which instructions have been issued to the Center, various state governments and the High Courts to strengthen the infrastructure up to the subordinate judiciary level.

The bench adjourned the case for four weeks and asked the student to be ready on the next date of hearing.


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