Madras High Court

Madras High Court

The Madras High Court is the high court of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. 

History :- The court is one of the three High Courts in India established in the three Presidency Towns of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras by letters patent granted by Queen Victoria, bearing date 26 June 1862. It exercises original jurisdiction over the city of Chennai and appellate jurisdiction over the entire state of Tamil Nadu and Union territory of Puducherry, as well as extraordinary original jurisdiction, civil and criminal, under the letters patent and special original jurisdiction for the issue of writs under the Constitution of India. Covering 107 acres, the court complex is one of the largest in the world, next only to Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, London.

It consists of 74 judges and a chief justice who are in charge of the general policy adopted in the administration of justice. In September 2016, the centre government forwarded names of 15 new judges to the President for his signature on their warrants of appointment. Of the 15, nine are from among lawyers and six from the subordinate judiciary. Justice V. K. Tahilramani of the Bombay High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Madras High Court and assumed Office on 12th August 2018, after Justice Indira Banerjee was elevated to the Supreme Court of India.

Supreme Court

Chief Justice Term
Sir Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange 1801–1816
Sir John Henry Newbolt 1816–1820
Sir Edmond Stanley 1820–1825
Sir Ralph Palmer 1825–1835
Sir Robert Buckley Comyn 1835–1842
Sir Edward John Gambier 1842–1850
Sir Christopher Rawlinson 1850–1859
Sir Henry Davison 1859–1860
Sir Colley Harman Scotland 1860–1861

High Court (British Administration)

Chief Justice Term
Sir Colley Harman Scotland 1861–1871
Sir Adam Bittleston 1866–1867 (acting)
Sir Walter Morgan 1871–1879
Sir Charles Arthur Turner 1879–1885
Sir Arthur John Hammond Collins 1885–1898
Charles Arnold White 1899–1914
John Edward Power Wallis 1914–1921
Sir Walter George Salis Schwabe 1921–1924
Sir Murray Coutts-Trotter 1924–1929
Sir Horace Owen Compton Beasley 1929–1937
Sir Alfred Henry Lionel Leach 1937–1947
Sir Frederick William Gentle 1947–1948

High Court (Indian Administration)

Chief Justice Term
P. V. Rajamannar 1948 – 10 May 1961
S. Ramachandra Iyer 10 May 1961 – 23 November 1964
Palagani Chandra Reddy 23 November 1964 – 1 July 1966
M. Anantanarayanan 1 July 1966 – 1 May 1969
Kuppuswami Naidu Veeraswami 1 May 1969 – 8 April 1976
Palapatti Sadaya Goundar Kailasam 8 April 1976 – 3 January 1977
Padmanabhapillay Govindan Nair 3 January 1977 – 29 May 1978
Tayi Ramaprasada Rao 29 May 1978 – 6 November 1979
Muhammad Kassim Muhammad Ismail 6 November 1979 – 12 March 1982
Krishna Ballabh Narayan Singh 12 March 1982 – 2 April 1984
Madhukar Narhar Chandurkar 2 April 1984 – 19 October 1989
Adarsh Sein Anand 1 November 1989 – 16 June 1992
Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar 15 June 1992 – 1 July 1993
Kudarikoti Annadanayya Swamy 1 July 1993 – 7 July 1997
Manmohan Singh Liberhan 7 July 1997 – 25 May 1999
Ashok Chhotelal Agarwal 24 May – 9 September 1999
K. G. Balakrishnan 9 September 1999 – 13 September 2000
Nagendra Kumar Jain 13 January 2000 – 12 September 2001
B. Subhashan Reddy 12 September 2001 – 28 November 2004
Markandey Katju 28 November 2004 – 12 November 2005
Ajit Prakash Shah 12 November 2005 – 11 May 2008
Asok Kumar Ganguly 21 May 2008 – 9 March 2009
Hemant Laxman Gokhale 9 March 2009 – 10 June 2010
M Y Iqbal 11 June 2010 – 6 February 2013
Rajesh Kumar Agrawal 7 February 2013 – 23 October 2013 (Acting) 
24 October 2013 – 12 February 2014
Satish K Agnihotri 13 February 2014 – 25 July 2014 (Acting) [18]
Sanjay Kishan Kaul 26 July 2014 – 15 February 2017 [19]
Huluvadi G. Ramesh 16 February 2017 - 4 April 2017 (Acting) 
7 August 2018 - 11 August 2018
Indira Banerjee 5 April 2017 - 6 August 2018
Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani 12 August 2018 -

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