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Why Rajasthan HC judges don’t want to be called ‘My Lord’?

Topic covered:

  1. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.


Why Rajasthan HC judges don’t want to be called ‘My Lord’?


What to study?

For prelims and mains: Evolution of the issue and why censure it?


Context: Rajasthan High Court resolved to censure the salutations “My Lord” and “Your Lordship” from courtroom protocol – a practice that has been inherited from British rule.


Why censure?

As the words “My Lord” and “Your Lordship” are relics of a Colonial past, it is proposed to incorporate the above rule showing respectful attitude to the Court.


Customs in other countries:

In UK, judges of the Court of Appeals and the High Court are to be addressed in court as “My Lord” or “My Lady”, Circuit judges as “Your Honour”, Magistrates as “Your Worship”, or “Sir” or “Madam”, and District judges and Tribunal judges as “Sir” or “Madam”.

In US, “Mr.” is only used in addressing the Chief Justice. Others are referred to as “Justice Scalia,” “Justice Ginsburg,” or “Your Honor.”

In Singapore, the Judge/Registrar can be addressed as “Your Honour”.

In Australia as well, in the High Court and the Federal Court, the judges are to be addressed as “Your Honour”.


Sources: Indian Express.