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3rd Time in History; All-Women Bench Set Up in Supreme Court

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New Delhi. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud has constituted an all-women bench comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Bela M Trivedi to hear transfer petitions involving matrimonial disputes and bail matters.

This is the third occasion in the history of the apex court that an all-women bench has been constituted. The two-judge bench is currently sitting in Court No 11 of the top court.

The bench has 32 matters listed before it, starting with 10 transfer petitions involving matrimonial disputes followed by 10 bail matters.

An all-women bench was first constituted in 2013 when Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Ranjana Prakash Desai sat together temporarily in absence of another judge. In 2018, Justices R Banumathi and Indira Banerjee sat together.

At present, there are only three women judges in the Supreme Court – Justices BV Nagarathna, Kohli and Trivedi.

Justice Nagarathna is also slated to become India’s first woman chief justice in 2027.

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