KM Joseph: In­de­pen­dent, Fair and Sim­ple to Col­leagues

A fair judge who likes to cover all as­pects and hear all par­ties be­fore de­liv­er­ing a judg­ment, say other judges

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

judge KK Mathew, Joseph is known for his “sim­ple life­style” and keep­ing abreast of the lat­est on law. ET spoke with five re­tired judges be­long­ing to the Supreme Court and high court, in­clud­ing a for­mer Chief Jus­tice of In­dia, and a few lawyers who know/have worked with Jus­tice Joseph.

De­scrib­ing him as a “fair” judge who likes to cover all as­pects and hear all par­ties be­fore de­liv­er­ing a judg­ment, judges and lawyers, who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied, told ET that Jus­tice Joseph is known for his “un­ques­tion­able in­tegrity”.

“Like his fa­ther, who used to read a lot of books, es­pe­cially law books, Joseph also is an avid reader,” said a re­tired Supreme Court judge who has seen Joseph’s per­for­mance as a lawyer in the Ker­ala high court. As a suc­cess­ful lawyer Jus­tice Joseph be­gan prac­tice in Kochi un­der em­i­nent lawyer the late Varghese Kal­liath, who later be­came the act­ing Chief Jus­tice of Ker­ala High Court. An­other re­tired Supreme Court judge known to Joseph’s fam­ily told ET that Joseph used to be ac­com­pa­nied by a fa­mous head clerk who was clerk to sev­eral em­i­nent lawyers of the Ker­ala high court.

A serv­ing se­nior high court judge said “He (Joseph) is known for his sim­plic­ity.” The judge said that he learnt last year from a fel­low judge that peo­ple were pleas­antly sur­prised one day to see Joseph turn­ing up at the Ker­ala HC on a bi­cy­cle. This was dur­ing his visit to his home state af­ter he be­came the Chief Jus­tice of the Ut­tarak­hand HC.

Jus­tice Joseph stud­ied law at Govern­ment Law Col­lege, Er­naku­lam. He was en­rolled as a lawyer in 1982 and has also prac­tised at the Delhi HC. By the time he was ap­pointed Chief Jus­tice of the High Court of Ut­tarak­hand on July 31, 2014, he had been a judge of the Ker­ala HC for more than nine years.

IT’S IN THE FAM­ILY

CHIEF JUS­TICE JOSEPH

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