Kerala High Court

Kerala High Court

The High Court of Kerala is the highest court in the Indian state of Kerala and in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. 

History :- The present State of Kerala is result of integrating the erstwhile princely kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin with Malabar district and Kasaragod. The present judicial system in Kerala has its roots dating back to the days of the monarchs of the Kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin. In 1811, following the 1808 insurrection against British Cochin and Quilon, Colonel H. M. Munro succeeded Colonel Macaulay as the Resident in Travancore with supervision over the Kingdom of Cochin.

Following an investigation into the rampant lawlessness and the abuse of the system, Colonel Munro surveyed the region with his assistant Captain Blacker and established reforms including courts, pensions, construction of roads, bridges and schools. He functioned as the Diwan until February 1818 when he handed over the reins to Nanjappayya of Coimbatore. Thus it was Colonel Munro laid the foundations for a systematic legal system, resulting in the present day scenario. Until his time, there were no independent tribunals for the administration of justice.

It is located in Kochi. Drawing its powers under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, the High Court has the power to issue directions, orders and writs including the writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari for ensuring the enforcement of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the Constitution to citizens or for other specified purposes. The High Court is empowered with original, appellate and revisional jurisdiction in civil as well as criminal matters, and the power to answer references to it under some statutes.

The High Court has the superintendence and visitorial jurisdiction over all courts and tribunals of inferior jurisdiction covered under its territorial jurisdiction. At present, the sanctioned Judge strength of the High Court of Kerala is 27 Permanent Judges including the Chief Justice and 20 Additional Judges. Depending on the importance and nature of the question to be adjudicated, the judges sit as Single (one judge), Division (two judges), Full (three judges) or such other benches of larger strengths.

Judges

The current sitting judges of the Kerala high court are 

Name Position From
Hrishikesh Roy Chief Justice 8 August 2018
C.K. Abdul Rehim Permanent Judge 15 December 2010
C. T. Ravi Kumar Permanent Judge 15 December 2010
V. Chitambaresh Permanent Judge 7 December 2012
A.M. Shaffique Permanent Judge 7 December 2012
K. Harilal Permanent Judge 24 June 2013
K. Vinod Chandran Permanent Judge 24 June 2013
P. D . Rajan Permanent Judge 16 January 2014
A. Hariprasad Permanent Judge 30 June 2014
Dama Seshadri Naidu Permanent Judge 30 June 2014
P. Ubaid Permanent Judge 10 March 2016
K. Abraham Mathew Permanent Judge 10 March 2016
Alexander Thomas Permanent Judge 10 March 2016
A. Muhamed Mustaque Permanent Judge 10 March 2016
A. K. Jayasankaran Nambiar Permanent Judge 10 March 2016
Anil K. Narendran Permanent Judge 10 March 2016
P. V. Asha Permanent Judge 20 May 2016
P. B. Suresh Kumar Permanent Judge 20 May 2016
Sunil Thomas Permanent Judge 5 April 2017
Shaji P. Chaly Permanent Judge 5 April 2017
Anu Sivaraman Permanent Judge 5 April 2017
Raja Vijayaraghavan V. Permanent Judge 5 April 2017
B. Sudheendra Kumar Permanent Judge 5 April 2017
Mary Joseph Permanent Judge 5 April 2017
Sathish Ninan Permanent Judge 16 March 2018
Devan Ramachandran Permanent Judge 16 March 2018
P. Somarajan Permanent Judge 16 March 2018
V. Shircy Permanent Judge 16 March 2018
A. M. Babu Permanent Judge 16 March 2018
Ashok Menon Additional Judge 30 November 2017
Annie John Additional Judge 30 November 2017
Narayana Pisharadi R Additional Judge 30 November 2017
N. Nagaresh Additional Judge 5 November 2018
V. G. Arun Additional Judge 5 November 2018
T. V. Anilkumar Additional Judge 5 November 2018
N. Anil Kumar Additional Judge 5 November 2018

Past Chief Justices Of Kerala

Sl No Name of the Chief Justice From To
1 K. T. Koshi 12 September 1944 30 January 1959
2 K. Sankaran 16 August 1946 29 March 1960
3 Mohammed Ahmed Ansari[5] 29 March 1960 26 November 1961
4 M. S. Menon 29 January 1953 12 June 1969
5 P. T. Raman Nair 22 February 1957 1 September 1971
6 T. C. Raghavan 15 December 1959 21 May 1973
7 P. Govindan Nair 29 January 1962 3 January 1977
8 V. P. Gopalan Nambiyar 22 March 1965 19 January 1980
9 V. Balakrishna Eradi 5 April 1967 30 January 1981
10 P. Subramanian Poti 20 March 1969 26 September 1983
11 K. Bhaskaran 3 April 1972 9 October 1985
12 V. S. Malimath 24 October 1985 11 June 1991
13 M. Jagannadha Rao[6] 8 August 1991 5 April 1994
14 Sujata V. Manohar 21 April 1994 4 November 1994
15 M. M. Pareed Pillay 3 January 1985 17 September 1995
16 U. P. Singh 23 July 1996 19 December 1997
17 Om Prakash Verma 20 November 1997 19 March 1999
18 Arijit Pasayat 20 September 1999 8 May 2000
19 Arvind Vinayakarao Savant 30 May 2000 17 September 2000
20 K.K. Usha 25 February 2001 3 July 2001
21 B. N. Srikrishna 6 September 2001 1 October 2002
22 Jawahar Lal Gupta 1 November 2002 22 January 2004
23 N K Sodhi 5 April 2004 17 November 2004
24 B. Subhashan Reddy 21 November 2004 2 March 2005
25 Rajeev Gupta 27 April 2005 11 January 2006
26 Vinod Kumar Bali 22 January 2006 24 January 2007
27 H. L. Dattu 18 May 2007 12 December 2008
28 S. R. Bannurmath 18 March 2009 22 January 2010
29 Jasti Chelameswar 17 March 2010 10 October 2011
30 Manjula Chellur 26 September 2012 5 August 2014
31 Ashok Bhushan 26 March 2015 12 May 2016
32 Mohan Shantanagoudar 22 September 2016 17 February 2017
33 Navniti Prasad Singh 20 March 2017 5 November 2017
34 Antony Dominic 6 February 2018. 28 May 2018

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