Justice DR. Smt. S. S. Phansalkar-Joshi was born on 6th February, 1957, did schooling and graduation in English (Special) at Karad, Dist. Satara. Studied Law at ILS Law College, Pune. Did Masters in Law from University of Pune. Was awarded Ph.D. in Law in the subject of "Child Sexual Abuse - From Socio Legal Perspective" by Pune University in 2004. At present on the panel ofExaminers for Ph.D. in Law at Mumbai University.

Notable Cases During this Judicial tenure, conducted more than thousands of cases on Civil and Criminal side, notable amongst them -
(i)KOTHEWADI multiple gang-rape and decoity case in Ahmednagar District. The conviction and sentence passed therein was confirmed by the High Court and Supreme Court.
(ii)The rape and decoity case involving Spanish Lady in Mumbai, wherein evidence of the victim was recorded on video conferencing while she was produced in German Consulate at Berlin.
(iii)The case of sexual abuse of several minor children in Ashram Shala at Shahapur, Thane.
(iv)Two Shakti Mill rape cases in Mumbai, which were decided within the record time of seven months from the date of incidence. For the first time, interpreted Amended Section 376(e) of the IPC.

Special Achievements (i) Was selected by Bombay High Court and Supreme Court as a Representative Judicial Officer from Maharashtra for six weeks training at England on the subject of "Gender and Law" in 1999 and deputed thereafter to impart training to various Judicial Officers in Maharashtra and all over India - Shimla, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Bhopal etc.
(ii)Conducted pilot training project on "Gender and Law" and "Juvenile Justice" at National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.
(iii) Acted as Guest Faculty and Resource Person in Training Programmes for Public Prosecutors, Members of Bar, Police Officers, Prison Officers, Probationary Officers, Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa on subjects as, Gender and Law, Human Rights, Domestic Violence, Sex Selection and PCPNDT Act etc.
iv) Nominated by Bombay High Court for three weeks Judicial Education Training Programme conducted at Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in Canada.

Publications and Books
(i) Published Articles relating to legal subjects in Criminal Law Journal, Symbiosis Law Times and other Law Journals.
(ii)Authored publication of Training Module and Hand Book on "Human Trafficking" in collaboration with UNDP and Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India and released at the hands of the Hon'ble the Chief Justice of India in 2012 in International Conference.
(iii) Authored Training Module and Hand Book on "Sex Selection and PCPNDT Act" released at the hands of Hon'ble the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
iv) Authored book on "Case Law Analysis under PCPNDT Act" in collaboration with UNFPA and Maharashtra Judicial Academy. She retired on 5th February, 2019