Patna High Court

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The High Court of Judicature at Patna
पटना उच्च न्यायालय
Logo of the High Court of Patna.png
Seal of the court
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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 mandatory retirement by age of 62
Website patnahighcourt.bih.nic.in
Chief Justice
Currently Hon. Justice Mr. L. Narasimha Reddy since 2 Jan 2015

Patna High Court 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. Sir Justice Edward Maynard Des Champs Chamier was the first Chief Justice of Patna High Court. Starting 18 April 2015, the Patna High Court has planned year long centenary celebrations of 100 years of establishment and the occasion was inaugurated by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee chaired by the Governor of Bihar Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Justice of India, Justice Mr.H. L. Dattu and the Chief Justice of Patna High Court Justice Mr.L. Narasimha Reddy

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, 2000.
  • 2015 - Centenary Celebrations starting 18 April 2015.

The Chief Justice[edit]

The present Chief Justice (Acting) of Patna High Court is Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari.

Prominent Judges of Patna High Court[edit]

  • Hon. Ms. Justice Rekha Doshit, the Chief Justice of Patna High Court; and the first woman to hold this coveted office.
  • Hon. Sir Edward Maynerd Des Champs Chamier is the first Chief Justice of Patna High Court.
  • Hon. Pandit Lakshami Kant Jha was the first Indian Chief Justice of Patna High Court after independence.
  • Hon. 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. 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. Mr. Justice Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha, the 6th Chief Justice of India
    • Hon. Mr. Justice Lalit Mohan Sharma, the 24th Chief Justice of India

Honourable Judges[edit]

Hon. Judge Date of Elevation Date of Retirement Source of Recruitment Remarks
The Hon. Justice Iqbal A. Ansari, The Acting Chief Justice 04, March 2002 29, October 2016 Service Judge, Gauhati High Court from 04-03-2002. Transferred to Patna High Court on 11-11-13. Acting Chief Justice, Patna High Court from 14-12-14 to 01-01-2015 and from 01-08-15 till date.
The Hon. Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh 06, March, 2006 05, November 2017 Bar
The Hon. Justice Ramesh Kumar Datta 06, March 2006 31, December 2016 Bar
The Hon. Justice Samarendra Pratap Singh 09, October 2006 01, August 2017 Bar
The Hon. Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi 09, October 2006 11, November 2019 Bar
The Hon. Justice Kishore Kumar Mandal 10, July 2007 21, January 2018 Bar
The Hon. Dr. Justice Ravi Ranjan 14, July 2008 19, December 2022 Bar
The Hon. Justice Anjana Prakash 13, June 2009 16, July 2016 Bar
The Hon. Justice Jyoti Saran 13, June 2009 18, August 2019 Bar
The Hon. Justice Rakesh Kumar 25, December 2009 31, December 2020 Bar
The Hon. Justice Birendra Prasad Verma 18, February 2010 16, January 2017 Bar
The Hon. Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh 18, February 2010 02, October 2020 Bar
The Hon. Justice Akhilesh Chandra 15 Mar 2010 14 Mar 2015 Service
The Hon. Justice Gopal Prasad 15 Mar 2010 5 July 2016 Service
The Hon. Justice Mungeshwar Sahoo 15 Mar 2010 31 Oct 2017 Service
The Hon. Justice Hemant Kumar Srivastava 12 Aug 2010 1 Feb 2021 Service
The Hon. Justice Vijayendra Nath 20 June 2011 12 Aug 2017 Bar
The Hon. Justice Shivaji Pandey 20 June 2011 7 May 2021 Bar
The Hon. Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh 20 June 2011 31 October 2022 Bar
The Hon. Justice Vikash Jain 20 June 2011 17 Feb 2022 Bar
The Hon. Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah 20 June 2011 10 May 2025 Bar
The Hon. Justice Aditya Kumar Trivedi 20 June 2011 10 Aug 2020 Service
The Hon. Justice Rajendra Kumar Mishra 20 June 2011 Oct 2021 Service
The Hon. Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh 05 Apr 2012 Jan 2025 Bar
The Hon. Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha 21 Apr 2014 Jul 2021 Service
The Hon. Justice Jeetendra Mohan Sharma 21 Apr 2014 2018 Service
The Hon. Justice Anjana Mishra 15 May 2014 2020 Bar
The Hon. Justice Nilu Agrawal 15 Apr 2015 Aug 2019 Bar
The Hon. Justice Sudhir Singh 15 Apr 2015 10 Dec 2027 Bar

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

Name of Hon. the Chief Justice From (dd.mm.yyyy) TO (dd.mm.yyyy)
Hon. L Narasimha Reddy 02.01.2015 31.07.2015
Hon. Rekha Manharlal Doshit 21.06.2010 13.12.2014
Hon. Shri Dipak Misra 23.12.2009 24.06.2010 Elevated to Supreme Court on 10/10/2011
Hon. Shri Prafulla Kumar Mishra 19.08.2009
Hon. Shri R.M. Lodha 13.05.2008 16.12.2008
Hon. Shri Rajesh Balia 05.01.2008 03.03.2008
Hon. Dr. J.N. Bhatt 18.07.2005 16.10.2007
Hon. Shri Ravi S. Dhavan 25.1.2000 22.7.2004
Hon. Shri B.M. Lal 9.7.1997 6.10.1999
Hon. Shri D.P. Wadhwa 29.9.1995 21.3.1997
Hon. Shri G.P. Patnaik 19.5.1995 11.9.1995
Hon. Shri K. Venkataswamy 19.9.1994 6.3.1995
Hon. Shri K. S. Paripoornan 24.1.1994 11.6.1994
Hon. Shri Bimal Chandra Basak 18.3.1991 21.10.1994
Hon. Shri Gangadhar Ganesh Sohani 24.10.1989 17.12.1990 Afternoon
Hon. Shri Shushil Kumar Jha 19.10.1989 23.10.1989
Hon. Shri Dipak Kumar Sen 1.5.1988 1.5.1989
Hon. Shri Bhagwati Prasad Jha 2.1.1988 2.1.1988 Afternoon
Hon. Shri Surjit Singh Sandhawalia 29.11.1983 27.7.1987
Hon. Shri Krishna Ballabh Narayan Singh 19.7.1976 12.3.1982 Afternoon
Hon. Shri Shyam Nandan Prasad Singh 3.10.1974 1.5.1976
Hon. Shri Nand Lall Untwalia 29.9.1972 3.10.1974
Hon. Shri Ujjal Narayan Sinha 5.9.1970 29.9.1972
Hon. Shri Satish Chandra Mishra 9.11.1968 5.9.1970
Hon. Shri Ramaswamy Lakshmi Narasimhan 4.1.1965 2.8.1968 Afternoon
Hon. Shri Vaidyanathier Ramaswami 30.4.1956 4.1.1965
Hon. Shri Sudhansu Kumar Das 10.1.1955 30.4.1956
Hon. Shri Syed Jafar Imam 3.9.1953 10.1.1955
Hon. Shri David Ezra Reuben 1.6.1952 2.9.1953
Hon. Pandit Lakshami Kant Jha 8.4.1950 1.6.1952
Hon. Sir Herbert Ribton Meredith 25.1.1950 8.4.1950
Hon. Sir Clifford Monmohan Agarwala 9.1.1948 24.1.1950
Hon. Sir Syed Fazl Ali 19.1.1943 14.10.1946
Hon. Sir Arther Trevor Harries 10.10.1938 19.1.1943
Hon Justice Kulwant Sahay
Hon. Sir Courtney Terrell 31.3.1928 6.5.1938
Hon. Sir Thomas Fredrick Dawson Miller 31.10.1917 31.3.1928
Hon. 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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