Ruma Pal

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Justice Ruma Pal (born June 3, 1941) was a judge of the Supreme Court of India until her retirement on June 3, 2006.

Early life[edit]

She read for her B.C.L degree at St Anne's College, Oxford and started practice in 1968 in Civil, Revenue, Labour and Constitutional matters in the Calcutta High Court. Her husband Samaraditya Pal is well knowned barristers in Kolkata.


After a long and distinguished career as an advocate, she was appointed Judge in the Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990. She was further nominated to Supreme court of India on January 28, 2000, the day of the Golden Jubilee of the court. Justice Pal has delivered many critical judgements in famous cases. She has written on a number of human rights issues. She is also a member of the International Forum of Women Judges.

Pal edited many text-books for legal studies including famous book on Indian Constitutional Law by Prof. M P Jain, which is considered as an authority.[1] She became the Chancellor of Sikkim University and one of the trustees of legal diversity Nonprofit organization Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access.[2]


External links[edit]

  • Paper by Justice Pal on Violence Against Women [1]
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