The Supreme Court on Thursday adopted a roster system for the allocation of matters to judges and for the first time made it public.

While, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra will hear all Public Interest Litigation (PIL) cases. The order of the CJI was made public on the official website of the apex court.

The roster will be applied on fresh cases and will come into effect from February 5 till further orders.

The decision to make public the roster system for the allocation of matters assumes significance as four senior most judges — justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — in their January 12 press conference had questioned the allocation of sensitive PILs and important cases to the judges junior in seniority.

The notification has given the description of matters that would be allocated to the benches headed by the CJI, justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur, Joseph, A K Sikri, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, A K Goel and R F Nariman.

The names of these 12 judges are in the order of their seniority.