Leila Seth, India’s First Woman Chief Justice Of A High Court

Leila Seth, the first woman chief justice of a state high court in the country. Seth, who broke many a glass ceiling in the legal field, was the first woman to have topped the London Bar exam, first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and also the first woman chief justice of a state high court (Himachal Pradesh).Seth was also one of the three members of the Justice Verma Committee which was constituted in 2012 to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault against women, post the gruesome December 16 gangrape in Delhi.


The Lucknow-born Seth, lived in Calcutta, Patna and Delhi for professional reasons. She shifted to Noida in 1992 as the land prices in Delhi were “unaffordably high”. Most of Seth’s law studies happened after marriage. She was married at a very young age. She died of cardiac seizure on 5th May 2017.


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