Gujarat High Court
|Gujarat High Court
ગુજરાત ઉચ્ચ ન્યાયાલય
The Gujarat High Court Building
|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 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
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 present strength of Gujarat High court is 29 against sanctioned strength of 42.
- Shri Vijay Sahai, The Acting Chief Justice
- Shri Jayant Patel
- Shri Mukesh Shah
- Shri Kalpesh Jhaveri
- Shri Akil Kureshi
- Shri Anant Dave
- Shri Shailesh Brahmbhatt
- Ms Harsha Devani
- Smt Abhilasha Kumari
- Shri Mohinder Pal
- Shri Kartik Thaker
- Shri Zahiruddin Saiyed
- Shri Rajesh Shukla
- Shri Rashmin Chhaya
- Shri Jamshed Pardiwala
- Shri G B Shah
- Ms Sonia Gokani
- Shri Chandrakant Soni
- Shri Ashish Desai
- Shri Nilay Anjaria
- Shri Paresh Upadhyay
- Shri S. G. Shah
- Shri S. H. Vora
- Shri G. R. Udhwani
- Shri R. D. Kothari
- Shri A. G. Uraizee
- Shri K. J. Thaker
- Shri R. P. Dholaria
- Shri Vipul Pancholi
Former chief justices
- Justice Sunderlal Trikamlal Desai (1 May 1960)
- Justice Kantilal Thakoredas Desai (26 January 1961)
- Justice Jaishanker Manilal Shelat
- Justice Nomanbhai Mahmedbhai Miabhoy
- Justice Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati
- Justice Bipinchandra Jivanlal Divan
- Justice Seshareddi Obul Reddi
- Justice Bipinchandra Jivanlal Divan
- Justice Manharlal Pranlal Thakkar
- Justice Padmanabhan Subramuilanian Poti (28 September 1983)
- Justice P. R. Gokulakrishnan (21 March 1985)
- Justice Ganendra Narayan Ray
- Justice S. Nainar Sundaram
- Justice Bhupinder Nath Kirpal (14 December 1993)
- Justice Gurudas Datta Kamat.
- Justice Kumaran Sreedharan
- Justice K. G. Balakrishnan (16 July 1998)
- Justice D. M. Dharmadhikari
- Justice Daya Saran Sinha
- Justice Bhawani Singh (25 August 2003)
- Justice Y.R. Meena
- Justice K. S. Radhakrishnan
- Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya