Judicial Museum in Mumbai – A Sunday visit

The city of Mumbai is filled with rich architectural history Mumbai now has a Judicial museum at Bombay High Court. The court dipicts rich judicial history of Mumbai spaninng for three centuries.

Right from Mayor’s court which was the first court that was held in Mumbai (then Bombay) between 1726 – 1798 to the Reader’s court which was seen functioning till 1824. Then succeeded the Supreme Court of Bombay (today High Court of Bombay) 1824-1862 and is in operation presently.

The museum showcases:

  • High-back ornate chairs used during the British Rule
  • A rare original hard copy of the British Charter, 1872, a canon dating back to 1850 with an original stand. This was discarded after old Bombay Fort was demolished in 1864
  • Original candle stands with engraved glass casing
  • Gas- it glass ‘handis’
  • A large manual cloth ceiling fan pulled by attendees (part of pre-electricity era)
  • Court room of 1900’s, the time when electricity and manual typewriters were introduced
  • Barister Certificates issued to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the year 1896, M.C. Chagla, Babasaheb Ambedkar the first Chief Justice of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, K.M. Munshi and others
  • An original wig, a silver mace, inkpots, paperweights, original rolls of attorneys enrollments from 1924 with the name and signature of Nani Palkiwala (who joined as a young lawyer in the year 1944) along with other judicial paraphernalia
  • Ola and rare photos of Victorian era buildings from Mumbai that were built after 1865 and includes the last constructed one in the year 1904

Surely this place makes for a great visit for those who are interested in law Studies, those who would like to explore Mumbai and its judicial framework. You can visit here with your kids to give them a practical history lessons, they will love it.

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