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Building Legal Systems in Newly Emerging Nations: Focus on Andhra Pradesh State in India

Grandhi photo May 4th 2006
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Glickman-Miller Hall, Atrium

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Justice Bhavani Prasad Grandhi

High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad

Born in a newly Independent India, Justice Grandhi was always interested in pursuing the noble profession of Law. He was educated at the famous Andhra Loyola College and Andhra University, where he won the ‘Andhra University Law College Decennial Celebration Prize’ in 1969 for his top academic performance.

At 21 years of age, he enrolled as an ‘Advocate’ in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (A.P), and at 25, he joined the State Judicial Service as a direct- recruit Judicial First Class Magistrate, thereby becoming one of the youngest Judges in the history of the country. He was subsequently promoted to the cadre of a Sub-Judge and eventually as a District Judge.

He held several important positions in the State Government and in the State Judicial
Services, where he served as the Assistant Director (Law) - A.P. Police Academy; Additional Director - A.P. Judicial Academy; Additional Chief Judge - City Civil Courts; Additional Special Judge - Anti Corruption Bureau cases; Principal District and Sessions Judge; Metropolitan Sessions Judge and Member Secretary - A.P. State Legal Services Authority.

In 1995, Justice Grandhi was appointed as the Secretary to the State Government in the
Law, Legislative Affairs and Justice Department where he was involved in drafting about
250 critical state legislations.

As a Super-time Scale District Judge, he was appointed as the Registrar General for the
High Court of Andhra Pradesh in 2005.

Justice Grandhi has numerous experiences in the International legal arena. In 1996, on being nominated by the Supreme Court of India, he participated in a six week programme on Gender and Law at the University of Warwick (U.K.). In 1998, on the invitation of the United States Government, he participated in the International Visitor Programme on U.S. Judiciary and Rule of Law. Also in 1998, he participated in a Thirty-Four Country international conference on Legal Systems and Reforms, organised by the University of California at Berkeley.

He was one of the founding members of the National Academy of Legal Studies & Research University, a leading Law School in India, and the regional centre of The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), in India.

Justice Grandhi has been invited to be the Guest of Honour, Guest Speaker and the Chief
Guest at a number of National, International and Educational establishments. He
currently serves as the guest faculty for various training programmes at Dr. Marri Channa
Reddy Human Resource Development Institute, A.P. Police Academy and the National
Police Academy, India.

The President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, appointed Justice Grandhi as the 33rd Additional Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, on 4th January 2006.

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