Hon’ble Mrs.Justice. Prabha Sridevan, Judge of the High Court of Madras…
I could recall her majestic image in stiff cotton saris in late 80’s when she was a practising lawyer in our next door chamber number 120. I didn’t find any slight change in her attire when I saw her last Friday in the farewell meeting also. Such a dynamic personality and very straight forward judge who have given many revolutionary judgments including calculating the value of the ‘house wives’, which was recently applauded by the Hon’ble Apex court also.
At the eve of her superannuation it will be proper to rewind our memories on her.
Justice Prabha Sridevan, Judge of the High Court of Madras was elevated to the High Court Bench in March, 2000.
Is a member of the International Association of Women Judges. Is a Member of the Management Team of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Judicial Education on Equality Issues. The Forum is a body of 26 Superior Court Judges from the Asia-Pacific Region and from Canada along with 12 non-judges (activists). The Forum has a mandate to deliver gender equality education to the judiciary as community leaders and change-makers. Conducted a Workshop “Balancing the Balance” at Chennai in October,2003.
Attended the First South Asian Regional Judicial Colloquium on Access to Justice held at New Delhi in November, 2002 facilitated by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), International Centre for the Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR). Also presented a Paper on “Access to Justice in the context of Poverty – Country Perspective”.
Presented a Paper “Women’s Access to Justice in the World” at the International Convention of Elected Women and Equal Opportunities organized at Turin, Italy organized in collaboration with the International Association of Women Judges and the European Women Judges, Lawyers and Jurists in March, 2004.
Attended the International Policy Dialogue on “Strengthening Human and Women’s Rights – Key to Realizing the Millennium Development Goals” conducted by the Development Policy Forum of Inwent (Internationale Weiterbildung and Entwicklung gGmbH), Capacity Building International, Germany as part of their International Policy Workshop held at Berlin in April, 2005 and presented a Paper on “Access to Equity and Justice”.
Participated in the IAWJ conference as a panelist held at Sydney on 3rd – 7th May 2006 and presented a paper on “Cultural and Lingual Diversity”.
Attended the Inter-Regional Conference held on 18th – 20th September 2006 at Brazil’s federal Capital, Brasilia. The theme of the Protocol Meeting is “Justice Systems and Human Rights”.
Also attended the Protocol Meeting for judicial Officers held on 8th- 15th January 2007 at Karachi conducted by the Asia Pacific Forum on Judicial Education on Equality Issues, SAKSHI.