Orissa High Court

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Odisha High Court
Established26 July 1948
Country India
LocationCuttack, Odisha
Composition methodPresidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India and Governor of respective state.
Authorized byConstitution of India
Decisions are appealed toSupreme Court of India
Judge term lengthTill 62 years of age
No. of positions22
Websitehttp://www.orissahighcourt.nic.in
Chief Justice
CurrentlyHon'ble Shri Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri
Since12 August 2018
View of High Court of Odisha new building from Ravenshaw Collegiate School

The Odisha High Court is the High Court of the state of Odisha.

Bengal Presidency was a vast province including present day Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal. It was difficult to administratively manage such a vast area, inhabited by people speaking in different languages and having different traditions. Administrative exigencies required separation of such areas which originally did not from part of Bengal. So, new province of Bihar and Odishsa was formed on 22 March 1912. However, the said new province of Bihar and Odisha was under the jurisdiction of Calcutta High Court.

On 9 February 1916, in exercise of the powers under Section 113 of the Government of India Act, 1915, the King of England issued letters of patent constituting High Court of Patna. Odisha was placed under the jurisdiction of Patna High Court. Although, on 18 May 1916, Circuit Court of Patna High Court for Odisha held its first sitting at Cuttack.

On 1 April 1936, Odisha was made a separate province but no separate High Court was provided for it. People raised their voice for a separate High Court in their state. After a long battle, Government of India agreed to create a new High Court, and for that purpose the Government of India issued the Odisha High Court Order, 1948, under the Section 229(1) of the Government of India Act, 1935, on 30 April 1948. This order clearly stated that "from the 5th day of July, 1948, there shall be a Court for the Province of Orissa, which shall be a Court of Record". Finally, on 26 July 1948, Odisha High Court was formally inaugurated.

The seat of the court is Cuttack. The court has a sanctioned judge strength of 27.

The Chief Justice[edit]

Justice K.S. Jhaveri of the Rajasthan High Court has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Odisha High Court subsequent to Justice Saran's elevation to the Supreme Court of India.

Former Chief Justices[edit]

# Chief Justice Term
1 Bira Kishore Ray 26 July 1948 – 30 October 1951
2 B. Jagannadha Das 31 October 1951 – 3 March 1953
3 Lingaraj Panigrahi 4 March 1953 – 21 March 1956
4 R. Laxman Narasimham 22 March 1956 – 27 December 1964
5 Khaleel Ahmed 18 January 1965 – 5 April 1967
6 Satya Bhusan Burman 6 April 1967 – 30 April 1969
7 Gati Krushna Misra 1 May 1969 – 30 October 1975
8 Siba Narayan Shankar 1 November 1975 – 12 October 1977
9 Sukanta Kishor Ray 13 October 1977 – 4 November 1980
10 Ranganath Mishra 16 January 1981 – 14 March 1983
11 Dambarudhar Pathak 11 August 1983 – 28 February 1986
12 Harilal Agrawal 1 May 1986 – 31 July 1989
13 Banwarilal Hansaria 22 February 1990 – 13 December 1993
14 Girish Thakurlal Nanavati 31 January 1994 – 27 September 1994
15 Vallabhdas Aidan Mohta 28 September 1994 – 25 April 1995
16 Sailendu Nath Phukan 2 August 1996 – 27 January 1999
17 Biswanath Agrawal 18 November 1999 – 18 October 2000
18 N.Y. Hanumanthapa 17 February 2001 – 24 September 2001
19 P. K. Balasubramanyan 5 December 2001 – 10 March 2003
20 Sujit Barman Roy 9 April 2003 – 27 January 2007
21 A.K. Ganguly 2 March 2007 – 18 May 2008
22 Balbir Singh Chauhan 16 July 2008 – 10 May 2009
23 Bilal Nazki 14 November 2009 – 17 November 2009
24 V. Gopala Gowda 25 March 2010 – 23 December 2012
25 C. Nagappan 27 February 2013 – 18 September 2013
26 Adarsh Kumar Goel 12 October 2013 - 06 July 2014
27 Amitava Roy 06 August 2014 – 26 February 2015
28 Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela 04 June 2015 - 14 February 2016
29 Vineet Saran 26 February 2016 - 06 August 2018
30 Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri 12 August 2018 - continuing

Odisha High Court Judges serving as Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of India[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. Jurisdiction and Seats of Indian High Courts
  2. Judge strength in High Courts increased
  3. Orissa High Court website
  4. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/from-list-of-6-sc-collegium-picks-orissa-chief-justice-for-elevation/