In 2017, the Centre for Law and Policy Research has set up a website on the Supreme Court of India called the Supreme Court Observer. The Observer is a non-partisan journalistic effort to make the work of the Supreme Court intelligible to any person interested in Indian public affairs.

The aim of the Observer is to communicate the relevance and importance of the Supreme Court’s work in a constitutional democracy without embellishment or outrage and focus public attention on the issues of great public significance.The emphasis of the project is accessibility and simplicity in presentation in order to ensure maximum public engagement.

The Observer owes its inspiration to the SCOTUSblog which provides a similar service for the American Supreme Court.

Phase 1 of the project provides the following:

Case tracker:

The Observer tracks certain high impact cases from inception to completion before the Court. The primary criterion for the selection of cases will be their potential to affect ordinary lives.

All tracked cases contain the following:

  1. A calendar tracking the day-to-day progress of the case
  2. Copies of all important documents associated with the case including but not limited to pleadings, a summary of arguments and judgments.
  3. A plain english explanation of the issues involved and the potential impact of the case.

Accessibility and Outreach

To improve accessibility, the Observer provides plain english descriptions of:

  1. The types of jurisdiction of the Court.
  2. The procedure of the Court.
  3. A glossary of legal terms used.
  4. Flow charts detailing the progress of cases before the Court.

Centre for Law and Policy Research

 The Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project has been undertaken by the Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR), a not-for-profit organisation established to promote law and public policy research, public interest litigation and interventions in legal education. The Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project seeks to enhance public awareness and critical engagement with India’s constitutional tradition.

This website is supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The contents of the website are the responsibility of CLPR.

The Team

Phase I

The Observer was conceptualised and anchored by Sudhir Krishnaswamy in early-2016. Apoorva Sharma, Bhumika Modh and Vineeth Krishna were Associate Editors to the project. Harsha Srinivas of Christ University Bangalore was involved in data collection.


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