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Kurian Joseph (born 30 November 1953) is a judge of Supreme Court of India.

Hon'ble Justice
Kurian Joseph
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph.jpg
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Assumed office
8 March 2013
Appointed by Pranab Mukherjee
Chief Justice, Himachal Pradesh High Court
In office
8 February 2010 – 7 March 2013
Appointed by Pratibha Patil
Preceded by Jagdish Bhalla
Succeeded by R. B. Misra
Judge Kerala High Court
In office
12 July 2000 – 7 February 2010
Personal details
Born (1953-11-30) 30 November 1953 (age 64)
Kerala, India
Citizenship Indian
Alma mater Kerala Law Academy,
Sree Sankara College


Early lifeEdit

Kurien Joseph was born on 30 November 1953. He was educated at St. Joseph's U.P. School, Chengal, Kalady, St. Sebastian's High School, Kanjoor, Bharatha Matha College, Thrikkakara, Sree Sankara College and Kerala Law Academy in Trivandrum.[1]


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.[1][2] 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).[1][2]

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.[3][4]

Joseph believes that people have high expectations of the judiciary and that it should play a pro-active role to meet their aspirations.[3]

On August 22, 2017 Justice Joseph gave a verdict against the controversial Triple Talaq. In his judgement he said

"I find it extremely difficult to agree with the learned Chief Justice that the practice of triple talaq has to be considered integral to the religious denomination in question and that the same is part of their personal law...." [5]

Notable casesEdit

The bench of Justice R. M. Lodha, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Joseph is hearing the controversial Coal Allocation Scam case and vowed to free the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from any political and bureaucratic interference.[6] A bench of Chief Justice Lodha, Kurian Joseph and R. F. Nariman overruled the Afsal Guru decision on the point of admissibility of electronic evidence.[7]