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Courts are visited by all and sundry, but rarely does a visitor pause to admire the architecture of these stately buildings. A first-of-its-kind book is all set to change this. At a recent event in Delhi, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SA Bobde released a coffee table book titled Architecture of Justice. This 223-page book with black and white and colour photos is the handiwork of father-son duo Vinay Thakur and Amogh Thakur.

The book has photos of the Supreme Court, the 24 High Courts and its 12 benches. It includes 20 panoramic shots which show off the court buildings in all their glory, interior shots of courtrooms which portray their grandness and solemnity and is replete with interesting trivia. Speaking at the launch, the CJI said the book reminded him of the lines of poet WH Davies: “What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare…” Justice Bobde called the book a rarity. Vinay Thakur, a lawyer-cum-photographer, said: “Our court structures are a classic piece of history from India’s pre-Independence days…I want readers to rejoice in this aspect of history of India and her glorious past.” Here are some photographs from the book:

A view of the illuminated Supreme Court

The Uttarakhand High Court building in Nainital reflects British architecture

Stained glass and fretted woodwork adorn the court of the chief justice at Madras High Court

Gauhati High Court, overlooking the Brahmaputra

Calcutta High Court

Hyderabad High Court

The High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur

District Customary Court of the Kohima bench of Gauhati High Court

The High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru

The court of the chief justice at Bombay High Court



  1. HE missed one of the mot important part of the High Court Bombay , the monkeys strategically placed , looking down at the Judges having a good laugh at the Judges. The late Barjoor Tarapoorwala has written a book abut the monkeys with photographs of the High Court . It is rumoured that the architect did not get his full payment and it was for this reason that he put the monkeys in , i cannot verify this, but the monkeys do seem to be making fun of the Judges in the Court room as they look down directly at the court form high perches on pillars The Book authored by Barjoor Tarapoorwala who was a court reporter and a photographer is fabulous .i suggest that the Chief Justice of Indian should get a copy for the Supreme Court library.

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