Gujarat High Court

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Gujarat High Court
ગુજરાત ઉચ્ચ ન્યાયાલય
The Gujarat High Court Building
Established 1960
Country  India
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Composition method Presidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India and Governor of respective state.
Authorized by Constitution of India
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of India
Judge term length mandatory retirement by age of 62
Number of positions 42
Chief Justice of Gujarat
Currently Justice Jayant Patel(Acting CJ)
Since 12 August 2015

The Gujarat High Court is the High Court of the state of Gujarat. It was established on 1 May 1960 under the Bombay Re-organisation Act, 1960 after the state split from Bombay State.

The seat of the court is Ahmedabad. The court has a sanctioned judge strength of 42.


This high court was established on 1 May 1960 as a result of bifurcation of the former State of Bombay into two States of Maharastra and Gujarat. The High Court started functioning near Akashwani, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. The High Court has later shifted to the new building at Sola, Ahmedabad, from 16 January 1999.


The Gujarat High Court has jurisdiction on entire state of Gujarat. It has jurisdiction on all district, administrative and other courts in Gujarat This high court is court of records and empowered to punish anyone for contempt of court.


Like Union Judiciary, the state judiciary also possesses wide powers, mainly power of judicial review. It also has power to issue various writs to courts and authority under its jurisdiction. It has power of superintendence on all courts under it.

The Chief Justice[edit]

The bench of high court is presided by Chief Justice. They are appointed by President of India under warrant. However, president is required to consult Governor of Gujarat and Chief Justice of India before making such appointment. Governor of Gujarat administers oath of office at time of appointment.


All judges of high court is appointed by President of India after consulting Governor of Gujarat, Chief justice of India and Chief Justice of Gujarat. They hold constitutional post and there are ample safeguards provided in our constitution to ensure independence of judiciary. Any judge can resign by writing under his hand to President of India. Terms of appointment of judges cannot be altered to their disadvantage after their appointment.


The following are qualifications to be judge of Gujarat High Court.

  • Person must be citizen of India.


  • He must have hold a judiciary office in India for at least ten years; or
  • Has been advocate in any high court ot two or more courts in succession for at least 10 years.

The Bench[edit]

The present strength of Gujarat High court is 29 against sanctioned strength of 42.

  1. Shri Vijay Sahai, The Acting Chief Justice
  2. Shri Jayant Patel
  3. Shri Mukesh Shah
  4. Shri Kalpesh Jhaveri
  5. Shri Akil Kureshi
  6. Shri Anant Dave
  7. Shri Shailesh Brahmbhatt
  8. Ms Harsha Devani
  9. Smt Abhilasha Kumari
  10. Shri Mohinder Pal
  11. Shri Kartik Thaker
  12. Shri Zahiruddin Saiyed
  13. Shri Rajesh Shukla
  14. Shri Rashmin Chhaya
  15. Shri Jamshed Pardiwala
  16. Shri G B Shah
  17. Ms Sonia Gokani
  18. Shri Chandrakant Soni
  19. Shri Ashish Desai
  20. Shri Nilay Anjaria
  21. Shri Paresh Upadhyay
  22. Shri S. G. Shah
  23. Shri S. H. Vora
  24. Shri G. R. Udhwani
  25. Shri R. D. Kothari
  26. Shri A. G. Uraizee
  27. Shri K. J. Thaker
  28. Shri R. P. Dholaria
  29. Shri Vipul Pancholi

Former chief justices[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. Jurisdiction and Seats of Indian High Courts
  2. Judge strength in High Courts increased

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