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Women of the Indian Judiciary: Justice Sujata Manohar

Justice Manohar was born on August 28, 1934. She studied at esteemed institutions such as Anandilal Podar High School and Bombay Elphinstone College in Bombay. Her pursuit of knowledge led her across borders to Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford University, and to Lincoln’s Inn in London. She enrolled as an advocate on February 14, 1958, in Bombay. She went on to become assistant government pleader at the city civil court in Bombay during 1970-71. She was elevated as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court on January 23, 1978, and secured permanent judgeship on November 28, 1978. Over the course of her career, she served as Chief Justice at both the Bombay High Court and the Kerala High Court.

In 1986, Justice Manohar was one of two Indian High Court judges chosen to participate in a course on patent trials held in Beijing under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the United Nations.

She was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on November 8, 1994 and retired in the year 1999. She has made significant contributions to the field of jurisprudence, which led to important legal changes, particularly in the areas of women’s rights and sexual harassment and domestic violence. Additionally, her approach to environmental law was to balance sustainable development and environmental preservation, profoundly shaping India’s environmental legislation and policies.

Source: Barandbench

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