Himachal Pradesh High Court

Himachal Pradesh High Court

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The Himachal Pradesh High Court is the High Court of the state of Himachal Pradesh. 

History :- 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". 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 seat of the court is Shimla, the administrative capital of the state. The court has a sanctioned judge strength of 9 including the chief justice.

Former Chief Justices Of Himachal Pradesh High Court

From To Name
25 January 1971 9 December 1971 M.H. Beg
18 March 1972 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 Prabodh Dinkarrao Desai
29 March 1989 5 October 1989 Narendra Mohan 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 Shashi Kant Seth
29 January 1994 1 August 1994 Viswanathan Ratnam
17 September 1994 1 March 1995 G.C. Gupta
1 March 1995 1 August 1996 Sailendu Nath Phukan
1 August 1996 24 September 1997 Madhavachari Srinivasan
6 November 1997 22 April 1998 Makani Narayana Rao
1 July 1998 28 January 2000 Doraiswamy 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 Vinod Kumar Gupta
2 February 2008 7 August 2009 Jagadish Bhalla
8 February 2010 6 March 2013 Kurian Joseph
5 April 2013 24 November 2013 A.M. Khanwilkar
18 June 2014 24 April 2017 Mansoor Ahmad Mir
5 October 2018 24 May 2019 Surya Kant
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