Justice Cyriac Joseph
|Acting Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India|
13 May 2015
|Member, National Human Rights Commission of India|
27 May 2013 – 12 May 2015
|Judge Supreme Court of India|
7 July 2008 – 27 January 2012
|Chief Justice High Court of Karnataka|
07 January 2006 – 06 July 2008
|Chief Justice High Court of Uttarakhand|
20 March 2005 – 06 January 2006
|Judge High Court of Kerala|
24 September 2001 – 19 March 2005
|Judge High Court of Delhi|
05 August 1994 – 23 September 2001
|Judge High Court of Kerala|
06 July 1994 – 04 August 1994
|Additional Advocate General, State of Kerala|
06 July 1991 – 05 July 1994
28 January 1947 |
|Education||B.Sc. & B.L.|
|Alma mater||Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Website||Supreme Court of India|
He was born in Kaipuzha, Kottayam Kerala on 28 January 1947. He completed his education from Kaipuzha St. Margarette's U.P.School, Kaipuzha St. George's High School, Palai St Thomas College, Changanacherry St. Berchmanns College and Trivandrum Government Law College.
He started his career in advocacy on 12 October 1968 and started practicing in District Court Kottayam and then shifted to Kerala High Court at Ernakulam. He served as Government Pleader in Kerala High Court from 1976 to 1979, as Senior Government Pleader in Kerala High Court from 1979 to 1987, as Additional Advocate General of Kerala State from 6 July 1991 to 5 July 1994. He was appointed as permanent judge of Kerala High Court on 6 July 1994. Thereafter, on 5 August 1994 he has been transferred to Delhi High Court and transferred back to Kerala High Court on 24 September 2001. He was the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court and Karnataka High Court.
He became a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 7 July 2008 and he served as a judge in Supreme Court till 27 January 2012. After retirement, he was supposed to have been nominated as the Chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). That appointment was put on hold following Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's reservations about the appointment since the judge had been criticised for his style of functioning by an intelligence agency of the government. Subsequently, the government has been trying to appoint him as a member of the National Human Rights Commission but the opposition BJP has been staunchly opposed to the idea. The Sunday Guardian reported that Justice Joseph delivered only 10 judgements during his tenure of 1300 days.
- "Vikramjit Sen, Gopalagowda, Eqbal to join Supreme Court soon". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
After the retirement of Justice Cyriac Joseph in January this year, there was no representation for Christians and Justice Sen will fill this vacancy.
- "Justice Cyriac Joseph appointed SC judge". Zee News. June 27, 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- Website Supreme Court of India
- Website Knanaya Community
- Singh, Rohini (4 March 2013). "TDSAT chief selection runs into Kapil Sibal firewall". Economic Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Malik, Surabhi. "Government and BJP clash over NHRC appointment yet again". NDTV. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Judge Cyriac of NHRC fame gave 10 verdicts in 1,300 days". The Sunday Guardian. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.