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Gujarat High Court
ગુજરાત ઉચ્ચ ન્યાયાલય
The Gujarat High Court Building
Country India
LocationAhmedabad, Gujarat
Composition methodPresidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India and Governor of respective state.
Authorized byConstitution of India
Decisions are appealed toSupreme Court of India
Judge term lengthmandatory retirement by age of 62
No. of positions52
Chief Justice of Gujarat
CurrentlyHon'ble Mr. Justice Anantkumar Surendraray Dave (Acting)
Since15 November 2018

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

The seat of the court is Ahmedabad. The present strength of the Gujarat High court is 29 against sanctioned strength of 52.


This high court was established on 1 May 1960 as a result of bifurcation of the former State of Bombay into two States of Maharashtra 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 over the entire state of Gujarat. It has jurisdiction on all district, administrative and other courts in Gujarat. This high court is a Court of record and empowered to punish anyone for contempt of court.


Unlike Union Judiciary, the state judiciary possesses wide powers which includes powers such as Appellate, Second Appellate in some cases, Revisionary, Review etc. It also has power to issue various writs to courts and authority under its jurisdiction. Intra-Court appeals, when permissible under Clause - 15 of Letters Patent, also lie within the same court from decision of a Single Judge to a Division Bench which comprises two Judges. It has power of superintendence on all courts under it under Article 227 of the Constitution of India. The High Courts are also empowered to hear Public Interest Litigations.

The Chief Justice[edit]

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


All judges of the high court are appointed by the President of India after consulting the Governor of Gujarat, Chief Justice of India and Chief Justice of Gujarat. They hold constitutional post and there are ample safeguards provided in the constitution to ensure the independence of the judiciary. Any judge can resign by writing to the 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.

  • The individual must be citizen of India.


  • The individual must have held a judicial office in India for at least ten years; or
  • Been advocate in any high court or 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 52 which includes 39 permanent posts and 13 additional posts.[1][1]

  1. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Anant S Dave (ACJ)
  2. Hon'ble Mr. Justice S R Brahmbhatt
  3. Hon'ble Ms. Justice Harsha N. Devani
  4. Hon'ble Mr. Justice K M Thaker
  5. Hon'ble Mr. Justice R M Chhaya
  6. Hon'ble Mr. Justice J B Pardiwala
  7. Hon'ble Ms. Justice Bela Trivedi
  8. Hon'ble Ms. Justice Sonia Gokani
  9. Hon'ble Mr. Justice C L Soni
  10. Hon'ble Mr. Justice A J Desai
  11. Hon'ble Mr. Justice N V Anjaria
  12. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Paresh Upadhyay
  13. Hon'ble Mr. Justice S H Vora
  14. Hon'ble Mr. Justice G R Udhwani
  15. Hon'ble Mr. Justice A G Uraizee
  16. Hon'ble Mr. Justice R P Dholaria
  17. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vipul M Pancholi
  18. Hon'ble Mr. Justice A J Shastri
  19. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Biren A. Vaishnav
  20. Hon'ble Mr. Justice A Y Kogje
  21. Hon'ble Mr. Justice A S Supehia
  22. Hon'ble Mr. Justice B N Karia
  23. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Umesh A Trivedi
  24. Hon'ble Mr. Justice A C Rao
  25. Hon'ble Mr. Justice V B Mayani
  26. Hon'ble Dr. Justice A P Thaker
  27. Hon'ble Mr. Justice V P Patel
  28. Hon'ble Mr. Justice B D Karia
  29. Hon'ble Ms. Justice S K Vishen

Former Chief Justices[2][edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "High Court of Gujarat". gujarathighcourt.nic.in. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  2. ^ "High Court of Gujarat: Former Honourable Chief Justices". gujarathighcourt.nic.in. Retrieved 2017-12-04.


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

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