Cyriac Joseph

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Hon'ble Justice
Justice Cyriac Joseph
Justice Cyriac Joseph DSW.jpg
Former Acting Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India
In office
13 May 2015 – 28 Jan 2017
Member, National Human Rights Commission of India
In office
27 May 2013 – 12 May 2015
Judge Supreme Court of India
In office
7 July 2008 – 27 January 2012
Chief Justice High Court of Karnataka
In office
7 January 2006 – 6 July 2008
Chief Justice High Court of Uttarakhand
In office
20 March 2005 – 6 January 2006
Judge High Court of Kerala
In office
24 September 2001 – 19 March 2005
Judge High Court of Delhi
In office
5 August 1994 – 23 September 2001
Judge High Court of Kerala
In office
6 July 1994 – 4 August 1994
Additional Advocate General, State of Kerala
In office
6 July 1991 – 5 July 1994
Personal details
Born (1947-01-28) 28 January 1947 (age 71)
Kaipuzha, Kottayam
Citizenship Indian
Nationality  India
Spouse(s) Smt. Biby
Education B.Sc. & B.L.
Alma mater Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram
St. Berchmans College Changanacherry
Website Supreme Court of India

Cyriac Joseph (born on 28 January 1947 at Kaipuzha, Kottayam District, Travancore) was a Judge of the Supreme Court of India from 7 July 2008 to 27 January 2012.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

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, St. Berchmans College Changanacherry and Trivandrum Government Law College.[3][4]


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.[3]

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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6] The Sunday Guardian reported that Justice Joseph delivered only 10 judgements during his tenure of 1300 days.[7]


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ "Justice Cyriac Joseph appointed SC judge". Zee News. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Website Supreme Court of India
  4. ^ a b Website Knanaya Community
  5. ^ Singh, Rohini (4 March 2013). "TDSAT chief selection runs into Kapil Sibal firewall". Economic Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ Malik, Surabhi. "Government and BJP clash over NHRC appointment yet again". NDTV. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Judge Cyriac of NHRC fame gave 10 verdicts in 1,300 days". The Sunday Guardian. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.