Justice S. R. Bannurmath did his graduation in 1968 and did his law at Belgaum. In 1979 he started independent practice dealing in all branches of law. Specializing in Criminal and Constitutional cases in Karnataka High Court and also appeared regularly in Supreme Court of India. In 1990, the Government of Karnataka appointed him as Additional State Public Prosecutor where he served till 1994. Further he was appointed as State Public Prosecutor from 1994 till 1997. He was elevated as Judge of High Court of Karnataka in June 1997. Justice Bannurmath has rendered thousands of land mark judgments in all branches of law. As the designated Judge to Monitor Mental health of citizens of Karnataka and the founder President of Bangalore Mediation Centre he was invited to USA by Justice Department of America to have discussions with major institutions like Warner Brothers, Microsoft, GM and Stanford University. Justice Bannurmath was elevated as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court in 2009. Justice Bannurmath is presently appointed as the Chairperson, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission.