Qualifications of Judges A person to be appointed as a judge of a high court, should have the following qualifications:
From the above, it is clear that the Constitution has not prescribed a minimum age for appointment as a judge of a high court. Moreover, unlike in the case of the Supreme Court, the Consitution makes no provision for appointment of a distinguished jurist as a judge of a high court.
Salaries and Allowances The salaries, allowances, privileges, leave and pension of the judges of a high court are determined from time to time by the Parliament. They cannot be varied to their disadvantage after their appointment except during a financial emergency. In 2009, the salary of the chief justice was increased from €30,000 to ?90,000 per month and that of a judge from t26,000 to t80,000 per month6. They are also paid sumptuary allowance and provided with free accommodation and other facilities like medical, car, telephone, etc.
The retired chief justice and judges are entitled to 50% of their last drawn salary as monthly pension.
Oath or Affirmation A person appointed as a judge of a high court, before entering upon his office, has to make and subscribe an oath or affirmation before the governor of the state or some person appointed by him for this purpose. In his oath, a judge of a high court swears:
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