Patna High Court

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The High Court of Judicature at Patna
Established 22 March 1912
Country  India
Location Patna, Bihar
Coordinates 25°36′32″N 85°7′30″E / 25.60889°N 85.12500°E / 25.60889; 85.12500Coordinates: 25°36′32″N 85°7′30″E / 25.60889°N 85.12500°E / 25.60889; 85.12500
Composition method Presidential assent on advice of the Chief Justice of India with consultation of Governor of Bihar
Authorized by Constitution of India
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of India
Judge term length 62 years of age
Website patnahighcourt.bih.nic.in
Chief Justice
Currently Hon'ble Ms. Justice Rekha Doshit

Patna High Court (Hindi: पटना उच्च न्यायालय) is the High Court of the state of Bihar. It was established on 3 February 1916 and later affiliated under the Government of India Act 1915. The court is headquartered in Patna, the administrative capital of the state.

History of Court[edit]

Proclamation made by Governor-General of India on 22 March 1912. The foundation-stone of the High Court Building was laid on Monday, 1 December 1913 by His Excellency the late Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Sir Charles Hardinge of Penshurst. The Patna High Court building on its completion was formally opened by the same Viceroy on 3 February 1916. Hon'ble Sir Justice Edward Maynard Des Champs Chamier was the first Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

Chronology

  • 1912 - Proclamation made by Governor-General of India on 22 March 1912.
  • 1913 - Foundation-stone of the High Court Building was laid on 1 December 1913.
  • 1916 - Patna High Court building completed on 3 February 1916. The High Court actually commenced work from 1 March 1916.
  • 1948 - Patna High Court exercised jurisdiction over the territories of the Province of Bihar & Orissa till 26 July 1948, when a separate High Court was constituted for Orissa.
  • 1972 - Patna High Court opened a Circuit Bench at Ranchi.
  • 1976 - Circuit Bench of Patna High Court at Ranchi became Permanent Bench.
  • 2000 - Circuit Bench of Patna High Court at Ranchi became Jharkhand High Court on November 2000, under the Bihar Reorganisation Act of 2000.

The Chief Justice[edit]

The present Chief Justice of Patna High Court is Hon'ble Ms. Justice Rekha Doshit. Her Ladyship was the senior most judge at Gujarat High Court until she assumed office as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

Prominent Judges of Patna High Court[edit]

  • Hon'ble Ms. Justice Rekha Doshit, the Chief Justice of Patna High Court; and the first woman to hold this coveted office.
  • Hon’ble Sir Edward Maynerd Des Champs Chamier is the first Chief Justice of Patna High Court.
  • Hon'ble Mrs. Justice Indu Prabha Singh, the first lady judge of Patna High Court, holds the distinction of being the first woman to hold court at Patna High Court and its Ranchi Bench.
  • Hon'ble Mrs. Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, the second lady judge of Patna High Court, is the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of India from Bihar.
  • This High Court has given two Chief Justices of India, viz.
    • Hon'ble Mr. Justice Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha, the 6th Chief Justice of India
    • Hon'ble Mr. Justice Lalit Mohan Sharma, the 24th Chief Justice of India

Hon'ble Judges[edit]

Hon'ble Judge Date of Elevation Date of Retirement Source of Recruitment Initial Appointment
Hon'ble The Chief Justice Rekha Manharlal Doshit 21, June 2010 13, December 2014 Bar Judge, Gujarat High Court from 18-09-1995
The Hon'ble Justice Iqbal A. Ansari 11 November 2013 29, October 2016 Service Judge, Gauhati High Court from 04-03-2002
The Hon’ble Justice Navin Sinha 11, February 2004 18, August 2018 Bar
The Hon’ble Justice V. N. Sinha 24, March 2004 14, November 2015 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh 06, March, 2006 05, November 2017 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Ramesh Kumar Datta 06, March 2006 31, December 2016 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Shyam Kishore Sharma 10, May 2006 06, July 2014 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Jayanandan Singh 09, October 2006 29, September 2014 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Samarendra Pratap Singh 09, October 2006 31, July 2019 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi 09, October 2006 11, November 2019 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Mihir Kumar Jha 10, July 2007 30, November 2015 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Kishore Kumar Mandal 10, July 2007 21, January 2018 Bar
The Hon'ble Dr. Justice Ravi Ranjan 14, July 2008 19, December 2022 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Anjana Prakash 13, June 2009 16, July 2016 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Jyoti Saran 13, June 2009 18, August 2019 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Rakesh Kumar 25, December 2009 31, December 2020 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Birendra Prasad Verma 18 Feb, 2010 16, January 2017 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh 18 Feb, 2010 2, October 2020 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Akhilesh Chandra 15 Mar, 2010 14 Mar, 2015 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Gopal Prasad 15 Mar, 2010 5 July 2016 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Mungeshwar Sahoo 15 Mar, 2010 31 Oct, 2017 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Hemant Kumar Srivastava 12 Aug, 2010 01 Feb, 2021 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Vijayendra Nath 20 June 2011 12 Aug, 2017 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Shivaji Pandey 20 June 2011 7 May, 2021 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh 20 June 2011 31 October, 2022 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Vikash Jain 20 June 2011 17 Feb 2022 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah 20 June 2011 10 May 2025 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Aditya Kumar Trivedi 20 June 2011 10 Aug 2020 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Rajendra Kumar Mishra 20 June 2011 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Amaresh Kumar Lal 20 June 2011 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh 5 April 2012 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha 21 April 2014 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Jeetendra Mohan Sharma 21 April 2014 Service
The Hon'ble Justice Anjana Mishra 15 May 2014 Bar
The Hon'ble Justice Ashutosh Kumar 15 May 2014 Bar

List of the Former Chief Justices of Patna High Court [1]

Name of Hon'ble the Chief Justice From (dd.mm.yyyy) TO (dd.mm.yyyy)
Hon'ble Shri Dipak Misra 23.12.2009 24.06.2010 Elevated to Supreme Court on 10/10/2011
Hon'ble Shri Prafulla Kumar Mishra 19.08.2009
Hon'ble Shri R.M. Lodha 13.05.2008 16.12.2008
Hon’ble Shri Rajesh Balia 05.01.2008 03.03.2008
Hon’ble Dr. J.N. Bhatt 18.07.2005 16.10.2007
Hon’ble Shri Ravi S. Dhavan 25.1.2000 22.7.2004
Hon’ble Shri B.M. Lal 9.7.1997 6.10.1999
Hon’ble Shri D.P. Wadhwa 29.9.1995 21.3.1997
Hon’ble Shri G.P. Patnaik 19.5.1995 11.9.1995
Hon’ble Shri K. Venkataswamy 19.9.1994 6.3.1995
Hon’ble Shri K.S. Paripoornan 24.1.1994 11.6.1994
Hon’ble Shri Bimal Chandra Basak 18.3.1991 21.10.1994
Hon’ble Shri Gangadhar Ganesh Sohani 24.10.1989 17.12.1990 Afternoon
Hon’ble Shri Shushil Kumar Jha 19.10.1989 23.10.1989
Hon’ble Shri Dipak Kumar Sen 1.5.1988 1.5.1989
Hon’ble Shri Bhagwati Prasad Jha 2.1.1988 2.1.1988 Afternoon
Hon’ble Shri Surjit Singh Sandhawalia 29.11.1983 27.7.1987
Hon’ble Shri Krishna Ballabh Narayan Singh 19.7.1976 12.3.1982 Afternoon
Hon’ble Shri Shyam Nandan Prasad Singh 3.10.1974 1.5.1976
Hon’ble Shri Nand Lall Untwalia 29.9.1972 3.10.1974
Hon’ble Shri Ujjal Narayan Sinha 5.9.1970 29.9.1972
Hon’ble Shri Satish Chandra Mishra 9.11.1968 5.9.1970
Hon’ble Shri Ramaswamy Lakshmi Narasimhan 4.1.1965 2.8.1968 Afternoon
Hon’ble Shri Vaidyanathier Ramaswami 30.4.1956 4.1.1965
Hon’ble Shri Sudhansu Kumar Das 10.1.1955 30.4.1956
Hon’ble Shri Syed Jafar Imam 3.9.1953 10.1.1955
Hon’ble Shri David Ezra Reuben 1.6.1952 2.9.1953
Hon’ble Pandit Lakshami Kant Jha 8.4.1950 1.6.1952
Hon’ble Sir Herbert Ribton Meredith 25.1.1950 8.4.1950
Hon’ble Sir Clifford Monmohan Agarwala 9.1.1948 24.1.1950
Hon’ble Sir Syed Fazl Ali 19.1.1943 14.10.1946
Hon’ble Sir Arther Trevor Harries 10.10.1938 19.1.1943
Hon'ble Justice Kulwant Sahay
Hon’ble Sir Courtney Terrell 31.3.1928 6.5.1938
Hon’ble Sir Thomas Fredrick Dawson Miller 31.10.1917 31.3.1928
Hon’ble Sir Edward Maynerd Des Champs Chamier 01.03.1916 30.10.1917

Former Puisne Judges[edit]

Former Puisne Judges of the Court include:

Sir John Bucknill (1920-1926), former Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements

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