Chief Justice of Nepal

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Chief Justice of
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प्रधान न्यायाधीश
Sushila Karki

since 13 April 2016
Style Right Hon'ble Chief Justice
Appointer Presidential nomination with Parliament confirmation
Inaugural holder Bahadur Sumsher Jung Bahadur Rana
(10 August 1951)
Formation Constitution of Nepal
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The Chief Justice of Nepal (Nepali: प्रधान न्यायाधीश) is the head of the judicial branch of Nepal and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal. The Chief Justice is the highest judicial officer in the country, and acts as a chief administrative officer for all the judicial system.

The first Chief Justice was Justice General Bahadur Sumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. The 24th and current Chief Justice is Sushila Karki.

List of Chief Justices[edit]

The list of Chief Justices of Nepal are as follows:[1][2]

No. Name Image Term start Term end King/President
1 Hari Prasad Pradhan King Tribhuvan
2 Anurudra Prasad Singh King Mahendra
3 Hari Prasad Pradhan King Mahendra
4 Bhagwati Prashad Singh King Mahendra
5 Ratna Bahadur Bista King Mahendra
6 Nayan Bahadur Khatri King Birendra
7 Dhanendra Bahadur Singh King Birendra
8 Bishwonath Upadhyaya King Birendra
9 Surendra Prasad Singh King Birendra
10 Trilok Pratap Rana King Birendra
11 Om Bhakta Shrestha King Birendra
12 Mohan Prasad Sharma King Birendra
13 Keshav Prasad Upadhyaya King Birendra
14 Kedar Nath Upadhyaya King Gyanendra
15 Govinda Bahadur Shrestha King Gyanendra
16 Hari Prasad Sharma King Gyanendra
17 Dilip Kumar Poudel Girija Prasad Koirala
18 Kedar Prasad Giri King Gyanendra
19 Min Bahadur Rayamajhi President Ram Baran Yadav
20 Anup Raj Sharma President Ram Baran Yadav
21 Ram Prasad Shrestha President Ram Baran Yadav
22 Khil Raj Regmi Khilaraj regmi.jpg 6 May 2011 President Ram Baran Yadav
22 Damodar Prasad Sharma 11 April 2014 President Ram Baran Yadav
22 Ram Kumar Prasad Shah 10 October 2014 President Ram Baran Yadav
23 Kalyan Shrestha[3] 8 July 2015 President Ram Baran Yadav
24 Sushila Karki 13 April 2016 President Bidya Devi Bhandari


  1. ^ "RETIRED CHIEF JUSTICES". Supreme Court of Nepal. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "EXISTING JUSTICES". Supreme Court of Nepal. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "PHSC endorses Kalyan Shrestha as new Chief Justice". My Republica. Retrieved 29 June 2015.