November,14,2015: Kalyani Kaul, a prominent barrister of Indian-origin who has handled high-profile cases, has been sworn in as a Circuit Judge in the UK.
54-year-old Kalyani, who has spent much of the past 32 years defending serious and high-profile cases, is known for her extensive and wide-ranging experience in heavy-weight criminal defence work.
She was called to the Bar in 1983 and became a Recorder in 2009. As a Recorder she prepared cases for trial and presided over hearings in county courts.
Last week it was announced Kaly Kaul, Queen's Counsel, had been appointed a circuit judge: "Her Honour Judge Kalyani Kaul QC will be sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court, with effect from 9 November 2015."
She took Silk in 2011 — in order to "take silk" a lawyer usually has to serve as a barrister or a Scottish advocate for at least 10 years.
Kalyani was sworn in as a Circuit Judge and will be sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court with immediate effect.
In the last 10 years, she has prosecuted offences of murder, manslaughter, serious sexual offences and fraud.
Kalyani was the third highest-paid barrister in terms of legal aid payments in 2005. She studied law from the London School of Economics (LSE).
She was the Senior Circuit representative on the Bar Council (2013-14), a vice president (former chair) of the Association of Women Barristers, and one of the two Diversity Officers for the South Eastern Circuit.
Kalyani is the daughter of well-known British journalists Mahendra Kaul and Rajni Kaul, both of whom worked for long years with the Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Mahendra was the first Asian to be honoured with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1975.
Kalyani Kaul specialises in handling cases of serious crimes, is the third highest paid barrister and has recently been appointed a Recorder by Queen Elizabeth II.
Meet 49 year old barrister – Kalyani Kaul, daughter of prominent UK Journalists – Mahendra Kaul and Rajni Kaul. Kaul has handled some high profile cases in the courts of UK and she was recently sworn in as a Judge. She will now preside over hearings in County Courts.
Kalyani studied Law at the esteemed London School of Economics (LSE) in London. She has been practising law for last 26 years and her illustrious career has seen her handling extensive criminal cases.
Kalyani Kaul's famous cases
Major cases handled by her include Government of Rwanda vs Munyaneza, an extradition case against the Government of Rwanda earlier this year relating to charges of genocide.
She also handled the case relating to the Chohan murders in 2005. Five members of the same family were kidnapped and murdered. It was the longest murder trial and went on for nearly 9 months.
Kalyani also handled the Bachan Kaur Athwal's case. The famous case where Bachan Kaur became the oldest woman to be tried for murder in the UK, relating to an 'honour killing'. Bachan Kaur (aged 70) was supposed to have taken her daughter in law to the Punjab and had her murdered.
Kalyani has also dealt with cases involving the sexual abuse of children and sexual offences generally.