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Late Nadoja Dr. Justice V. S. Malimath

Former Chief Justice of Karnataka & Kerala

Member, National Human Rights Commission and

Former Chairman, Law Commission of Karnataka )

FamilySon of Sri. Justice S.S. Malimath & Smt. Shantadevi, born at Hubli on 12th June 1929.
  1. First Class First in LLB.
  2. Post-Graduation in Public International Law from London University.

a)    Profession:

  1. Advocate – 1952-70:- High Courts of Bombay & Karnataka
  2. Advocate General of Karnataka – 1968-70​​

b)    Important Offices Held:

(i)      Judge, High Court of Karnataka – 1970-83

(ii)     Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka – 1983-85

(iii)    Chief Justice of High Court of Kerala – 1985-91

(iv)    Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal – 1991-94

(v)     Member of National Human Rights Commission – 1994-99

(vi)    Hon. Chairman, International School of Dravidian Linguistics,   Trivandrum – 1995-99.

(vii)   Chairman of Arrears Committee appointed by Government of India to recommend measures to reduce arrears in Courts:

  • Report submitted in 1989 was accepted and on the basis of the report, Civil Procedure Code was amended.

(viii)    Chairman, Committee on Reforms of Criminal Justice System - Appointed by Government of India 2000-03:

  • Recommending revolutionary measures for reform.
  • On the basis of the Report, Criminal Procedure Code is being Amended

(ix)  Chairman, Karnataka-Maharashtra Border Dispute Special Legal Advisory Committee.

(x)   President, Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Chennai from 2009.

(xi)  Chairman, Law Commission of Karnataka from 14.01.2009 to 15.01.2014.

Offices Presently Holding

i)      Chairman, Law Commission of Karnataka from 15.1.2009.

ii)     Hon. President, Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Chennai from 2009.

Significant Contributions/Reports
  1. Reducing arrears in Courts – 1989
  2. Ethics and Etiquettes for Members of Central Administrative Tribunal.
  3. Reforming Criminal Justice System in India – 2003.
  4. Working of the Probation of Offenders Act.
  5. Report of fact finding mission constituted by U.N.O. on the validity of trial of Ken Saroviva and others and the Human Rights situation in Nigeria State.
  6. Report on the validity of the proclamation issued by the President of Sri Lanka, for a Referendum on the need for a new Constitution.
  7. Promoted establishment of Human Rights Commissions in the States of Thailand and Nepal.
  8. UGC Curriculum on Human Rights and Duties.
  9. Training Module for Civil Judges (Junior Division) and Judicial Magistrates First Class of Karnataka.
  10. Research Reports on –       
                       a) Mental Health in India;
                       b) Forensic Science for better Criminal Justice; and
                       c) Large Volume parentarals
International Assignments:
  1. UNO Fact Finding Mission appointed by Secretary General of UNO to report   whether the trial of Ken Saroviva and eight others by the Military Regime of Nigeria was in accordance with International Human Rights standards and also to enquire about the status of Human Rights in Nigeria.  Report was accepted by UNO leading to establishment of Civil Democratic Rule in Nigeria.
  2. International observer to Sri Lanka appointed by International   Commission of Jurists Geneva and International Bar Association, London:
    • To observe trial of cases challenging the appointment of Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Justice Sarath De'Silva.
    • To report on the validity of the Proclamation issued by the then President of Sri Lanka, calling for a referendum on the question whether the people want a new Constitution.
    • Report submitted holding that the proclamation of Referendum was unconstitutional and fraud on the Constitution, leading to withdrawal of the proclamation by the President and calling for fresh Elections.
Important International Conferences – Representing India:
  1. IX Commonwealth Law Conference at Auckland, New Zealand.
  2. Indo-British Legal Forum Conference.
  3. Indo-USA-UK Conference on Media, Government and Law.
  4. World Congress against sexual exploitation of children at Stockholm, Sweden.
  5. Second Conference of African Nations Human Rights Institution, Durban, South Africa.
  6. 55th Session of U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland.
  7. International Conference of Human Rights Institutions at Merida, Mexico.
  8. U.N. Convention on Education on Religious Tolerance, Madrid, Spain.
Honors Conferred for Distinguished Services:
  1. National Citizens Award by President of India
  2. Honorary Doctorate in Law by Karnataka University
  3. Rajyotsava Award by Karnataka Government
  4. Great Son of Karnataka, awarded by All India Conference of Intellectuals.
  5. Basavashri Award
  6. 'Nadoja' Award conferred by Kannada University, Hampi