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The Director

Honble Justice VIDYASAGAR M. KANADE
HON'BLE JUSTICE VIDYASAGAR M. KANADE
B.Com(Hons), LL.M.
Judge of the Bombay High Court & Officiating Director
Maharashtra Judicial Academy & Indian Mediation Centre & Training Institute

Born on 22nd June 1955. Started practising in the High Court, Bombay in June, 1979. Appeared in Civil, Criminal & Constitutional Cases. Worked as Assistant Government Pleader from 1988 to 1990 in Writ Cell, High Court. Panel Counsel for Union of India from 1986 to 1989. 'A' Panel Counsel for State of Maharashtra from 1992 to 2000. Also was a part time lecturer in New Law College, Mumbai from 1985 to 1991 and visiting Professor, Department of Law, University of Mumbai from 1992 to 1995. On 12th October, 2001, elevated as High Court, Judge. Officiating Director of Maharashtra Judicial Academy.

           The High Court of Bombay has long recognised the need to provide all our judges an opportunity to develop professional competencies to equip them with inputs like knowledge, skills, abilities, personality, character and attitude required for the judging profession. Maharashtra Judicial Academy and the Indian Mediation Centre and Training Institute are the primary means by which the High Court strives to meet this need.

               The Academy was started in 2009 and the Academy is developing and disseminating diverse and exciting range of courses as outlined by this brochure to benefit judges, bar and para legal professionals. I am pleased to say that in a short span, the Academy has achieved name, regional participation, and interest in the government circles that are now approaching the Academy to train their officials.

                A unique feature of judicial education at Maharashtra Judicial Academy is the exposure provided to judicial officers on the wider world than their own by creating opportunities for them to understand the perspectives of different stakeholders in the justice administration system like Police, Prosecutors, Bar Members, Legal Services Authority Members, Civil-Society Organisations, Psychiatrists and others. Also, to improve the quality of adjudication through the Courts, judicial education encourages judicial adherence to constitutional principles of freedom, equality, dignity, equity and fairness so that legal interpretation is founded on these constitutional principles in every case.

-Director, Maharashtra Judicial Academy.