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
|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|