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The Supreme Court of India, in New Delhi

This is a list of female judges of the Supreme Court of India, the highest court in the Republic of India. The list is ordered according to chronology.

The first female justice in the court was Fathima Beevi appointed on 6 October 1989. There have been 11 female justices in the court since then. Presently there is 3 sitting female judges out of the total 34 judges (including Chief Justice of India) in the court.[1][2]

List of Judges in chronology

S. No. Portrait Name Date of appointment Date of retirement Position before being appointed
as a Judge of the Supreme Court
Fathima Beevi 6 October 1989 29 April 1992 Judge of the Kerala High Court First female judge of the Supreme Court of India
2 Sujata Manohar 8 November 1994 27 August 1999 Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court
3 Ruma Pal 28 January 2000 2 June 2006 Judge of the Calcutta High Court Longest-serving female judge of the Supreme Court of India
4 Gyan Sudha Misra 30 April 2010 27 April 2014 Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court
5 Ranjana Desai 13 September 2011 29 October 2014 Judge of the Bombay High Court
R. Banumathi 13 August 2014 19 July 2020 Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court
Indu Malhotra 27 April 2018 13 March 2021 Member of the High Level Committee (HLC) in the Ministry of Law and Justice[3] First female judge who was elevated directly from the Bar Council of India
Indira Banerjee 7 August 2018 23 September 2022 Chief Justice of the Madras High Court
Hima Kohli * 31 August 2021 1 September 2024 Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court
Bela Trivedi * 31 August 2021 9 June 2025 Judge of the Gujarat High Court
B. V. Nagarathna * 31 August 2021 29 October 2027 Judge of the Karnataka High Court Assumed to be the first female Chief Justice of India in 2027

See also


  1. ^ "In A First, Supreme Court Has Three Sitting Woman Judges Today | Live Law". Live Law. 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  2. ^ "Indu Malhotra: India's supreme court is getting its seventh female judge in nearly 70 years — Quartz India". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  3. ^ "In 70th Year of Independence, India's Supreme Court to Get Seventh Woman Judge". The Wire. Retrieved 27 April 2018.