Punjab and Haryana High Court

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Punjab & Haryana High Court
Capitol High Court.jpg
High Court Building
Established 1947 (1919)
Country India
Location Sector 1, Chandigarh
Authorized by Constitution of India
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of India
Judge term length Till 62 years
Number of positions 85 (64 Permanent, 21 Additional)
Website http://www.highcourtchd.gov.in/
Chief Justice
Currently Shiavax Jal Wazifdar, Acting Chief Justice
Since 26 July 2014
Lead position ends 25 February 2015 or till transferred/elevated
Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana High Court (Hindi: पंजाब और हरियाणा उच्च न्यायालय) is a common High Court for both the States of Punjab and Haryana and Union territory of Chandigarh. It is situated at Chandigarh, the capital of the States of Punjab and Haryana. As on March 21, 2015, there's a sitting strength of 55 Judges in the High Court, including 45 permanent as well as 10 additional judges. Another 5 permanent and 3 additional judges from this Court have been transferred to different High Courts, one of whom (Hon'ble Mr. Justice Virender Singh) is presently serving as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. [1][2][3][4][5][6]

Earlier it was known as Lahore High Court, which was established in 21 March 1919. Jurisdiction of Lahore High Court covered undivided Punjab and Delhi having its seat at Lahore. After Independence on 11 August 1947 a separate High Court of Punjab was created with its seat at Simla under the Indian Independence Act, 1947 which had jurisdiction over Punjab, Delhi and present Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. In 1966, after the reorganisation of the State of Punjab, the High Court was designated as the High Court of Punjab and Haryana having its jurisdiction over Punjab and Haryana and Chandigarh. The area of Delhi has been put under the Delhi High Court with its seat at New Delhi and State of Himachal Pradesh has it's independent High Court at Shimla.