The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has organized a farewell function for Justice R Banumathi today (July 17) on her last working day. Justice Banumathi retires on July 19, leaving the Supreme Court with only two lady judges.
Justice Banumathi was born on July 20, 1955. After getting enrolled in 1981 she started her practice in mofussil courts at Tirupattur, Krishnagiri and Harur, in Tamil Nadu.
She was directly recruited to the Tamil Nadu Higher Judicial Service as a District Judge in 1988 and worked as District and Sessions Judge in various districts of the state.
Justice Banumathi was elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Madras on April 3, 2003.
As a Member of Board of Governors and as President of Board of Governors in State Judicial Academy, she played a key role in organising systematic training programmes for judicial officers and staff members.
She wrote a book, named Handbook of Civil and Criminal Courts Management and Use of Computers for guidance of district Judiciary and published handbooks for the guidance of judicial ministerial staff.
She was appointed as the Executive Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services on July 15, 2013. She was also the Chairman of Madras High Court Legal Services Committee from February 21, 2011 to January 20, 2012 and was actively involved in Legal Services and organizing Lok Adalats.
She was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court on November 16, 2013.
She has been instrumental in improving the infrastructure of the district judiciary, recruitment and filling up vacancies of ministerial staff.
She was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014, making her the sixth lady Judge of the Supreme Court.
– India Legal Bureau