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About Indian Judiciary

On this page you can find information on the Indian Judiciary, specifically, sources available electronically, online and in print in the Harvard Library.  For a general overview of the Indian Judiciary, you may want to consult the official website,, which provides links to the Supreme Court, High Courts, District Courts and the Tribunals.  The research guides linked under the 'other sources' tab is another good place to get background information on the overall legal system, history and the judiciary.  There are also secondary sources on the judiciary structure like this SSRN article, India's Judicial Architecture.

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From Globalex: Guide to Indian Laws

"The primary source of law is in the enactments passed by the Parliament or the State Legislatures. In addition to these the President and the Governor have limited powers to issue ordinances when the Parliament or the State Legislature are not in session. These ordinances lapse six weeks from the re-assembly of the Parliament or the State Legislature. These laws are later published in the Official Gazette (The Gazette of India or the State Gazette)."

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Index to Indian Legal Periodicals (also available online)

This is the most comprehensive index for finding articles in law and related subjects published in India. It comes out in print semi-annually and can be searched by author and subject. It also provides book review and landmark case listings.

National Law School Article Index

Index to Indian & Foreign Legal Articles


Indexes over 1400 legal periodicals from US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand, including all the major international and comparative law journals, since 1980. Can be searched in both Westlaw and LexisNexis, under the database title: Legal Resource Index (LRI). (Harvard ID and PIN required)

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in approximately 540 legal journals published worldwide. Works best using Internet Explorer browser. (Harvard ID and PIN required)

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

Provides citations to articles in over 800 legal periodicals such as law reviews, bar association journals, yearbooks, institutes, and government publications from August 1981 to the present. In 1994, ILP began indexing legal books and now includes approximately 2,000 per year. Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS LDAP username and password. 

Legal Journals Index

Available on Westlaw only.  Provides citations to articles in over 450 legal journals published in the United Kingdom and other European countries from 1986 to the present. Covers topics pertaining to the laws of the European Union and its member states.

Indian Law Journal series (SSRN)

WorldLII Law Journals (Academic)-India

Multidisciplinary Indexes for Journal Articles and Books (multiple jurisdictions)

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