HC Deb 26 July 1937 vol 326 cc2634-5
1. Mr. Day

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of vakils who are at present serving in India as High Court judges?

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Earl Winterton)

I regret that I am unable to give the number of High Court judges who were vakils at the time of appointment, but the number of judges of the Chartered High Courts who, prior to their appointment, were not banisters or members of the Indian Civil Service, is 24.

Mr. Day

Do any of them temporarily act as Lord Chief Justice on occasion?

Earl Winterton

The hon. Member will have to put a question down if he wants to know what their duties are. He asked me only the actual numbers.

Mr. Leonard

What is a vakil?

Earl Winterton

He is a form of advocate who is not necessarily an advocate.

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