On November 9, the President of India will administer the oath of office to the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice D Y Chandrachud assumes the office of CJI at a critical time when there are a lot of expectations from the judiciary. He has outstanding academic qualifications, having studied among the best universities in India and abroad — the University of Delhi and Harvard Law School. He has been at the forefront of efforts to protect the rule of law and promote access to justice, having authored several important judgments and helped advance progressive jurisprudence. Justice Chandrachud will also be the youngest person in the last 10 years to be appointed as the CJI, besides having the longest tenure, of over two years, in recent times.