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Not US Supreme Court: Top Court Judges On Being Called “Your Honour”

Supreme Court on Tuesday warned law student not to address judges, saying “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 “Supreme Court of the United States.”

“When you call us ‘Your Honor’ it seems you have the Supreme Court of the United States in mind,” Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna told law student in a bench. and V Ramasubramanian.

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

To this, CJI Bobde said, “Either way, but don’t use inappropriate terms.”

The bench told him that in the United States Supreme Court and in the trial court here, the court can be called “Your Honor” but not in the Indian Supreme Court.

The bench then asked him what his case was, to which the student, who appeared in person, said his plea was for the infrastructure of the justice system on the criminal jurisdiction side to be strengthened.


The bench told him he knew there was already a case pending before the Supreme Court in which instructions had been taken to strengthen the infrastructure of the judiciary up to the subordinate judicial level in a gradual manner.

The law student feigned ignorance, after which the bench said he appeared to have not done his homework before showing up to court.

He told the petitioner that there was a pending case titled Malik Mazhar Sultan v UPSC in which instructions were given to the Center, various state governments and high courts to strengthen infrastructure up to the level subordinate judicial.

The bench adjourned the case for four weeks and asked the student to prepare for the next court date.


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