Himachal Pradesh High Court
|Himachal Pradesh High Court
हिमाचल प्रदेश उच्च न्यायालय
|Location||Shimla, Himachal Pradesh|
|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|
|No. of positions||13|
|Currently||Sanjay Karol (acting CJ)|
|Since||25 April 2017|
The Himachal Pradesh was born as a result of integration of twenty six Shimla and four Punjab hill States into a Centrally Administered Area on 15 April 1948. The Central Government promulgated the Himachal Pradesh (Courts) Order, 1948 on 15 August 1948. As per Paragraph 3 of this Order, the Court of Judicial Commissioner was established for Himachal Pradesh and the Court was housed at "Harvingtan" (Kelston area, Bharari, Shimla). It was vested with the powers of a High Court under the Judicial Commissioner's Court Act, 1950. The Court of Judicial commissioner started functioning on 15 August 1948. The Punjab High Court rules and orders with suitable amendments were made applicable.
In the year 1966, the Delhi High Court Act was enacted by the Government of India and w.e.f. 1 May 1967, the Central Government of India extended jurisdiction of the said Act to the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh, replacing the Court of Judicial Commissioner by the Himachal Bench of Delhi High Court, at Shimla and it started functioning in old High Court building known as "Revenswood". The Court of Judicial commissioner stood abolished with effect from 1 May 1967 and instead the jurisdiction of the High Court of Delhi was extended to Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh under the Delhi High Court Act, 1966.
In the year 1966, the Delhi High Court Act was enacted by the Government of India and w.e.f. 1 May 1967, the Central Government of India extended jurisdiction of the said Act to the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh, replacing the Court of Judicial Commissioner by the Himachal Bench of Delhi High Court, at Shimla and it started functioning in old High Court building known as "Revenswood". On 18 December 1970, the State of Himachal Pradesh Act was passed by Parliament and the new state came into being on 25 January 1971 and established its own High Court with headquarters at "Revenswood" Shimla, having one Hon'ble Chief Justice and two Hon'ble Judges.
The Chief Justice
Former Chief Justices
|25 January 1971||9 December 1971||M.H. Beg|
|18 December 1971||19 February 1978||R.S. Pathak|
|20 February 1978||11 December 1979||T.U. Mehta|
|12 December 1979||30 September 1983||V.D. Misra|
|23 December 1983||13 November 1988||P.D. Desai|
|29 March 1989||5 October 1989||Narendra Monhan Kasliwal|
|6 November 1989||14 January 1991||P.C.B. Menon|
|5 August 1991||20 October 1992||Leila Seth|
|22 June 1993||28 August 1993||S.K. Seth|
|29 January 1994||1 August 1994||V. Ratnam|
|17 September 1994||1 March 1995||G.C. Gupta|
|1 March 1995||1 August 1996||S.N. Phukan|
|1 August 1996||24 September 1997||M. Srinivasan|
|6 November 1997||22 April 1998||M.N. Rao|
|1 July 1998||28 January 2000||D. Raju|
|5 May 2000||30 December 2001||C.K. Thakker|
|24 January 2002||1 January 2003||W.A. Shishak|
|8 March 2003||2 February 2008||V.K. Gupta|
|2 February 2008||7 August 2009||Jagdish Bhalla|
|8 February 2010||6 March 2013||Kurian Joseph|
|5 April 2013||24 November 2013||A.M. Khanwilkar|
|18 June 2014||Mansoor Ahmad Mir|
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