Justice Kurian Joseph
Former Supreme Court Judge
Justice Kurian Joseph was a judge of the Supreme Court of India from 2013 to 2018. He is known as India’s “passionate, compassionate” judge. In August 2017, a bench which comprised of Justice Kurian Joseph and four other judges held the practice of triple talaq invalid. Justice Kurian J has stated that the death penalty should be reviewed and special focus must be paid to its practice and purpose.
Joseph began his legal career in 1979. He was member of the Academic Council, Kerala University from 1977 to 1978, General Secretary of Kerala University Union in 1978, Senate member of Cochin University from 1983 to 1985, member of the Board of Studies, Indian Legal Thought of Mahatma Gandhi University in 1996, President, Kerala Judicial Academy from 2006 to 2008, Chairman of Kerala High Court Legal Services Committee from 2006 to 2009 and Chairman of Lakshadweep Legal Services Authority in 2008. He served as Government Pleader in 1987 and as Additional Advocate General from 1994 to 1996. He was designated as Senior Advocate in 1996.Joseph has also been Chairman of the Indian Law Institute Kerala Branch, Chairman of Indian Law Reports (Kerala Series) and Executive Member of NUALS (National University of Advanced Legal Studies). In 2000, Joseph was appointed as a judge of the Kerala High Court. In February 2010, he was elevated as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. On 8 March 2013, he became a judge of Supreme Court of India.Joseph believes that people have high expectations of the judiciary and that it should play a pro-active role to meet their aspirations.On August 22, 2017 Justice Joseph gave a verdict against the controversial Triple Talaq.