High Court of Andhra Pradesh
Āndhra rāṣṭra unnata n'yāyasthānaṁ
ఆంధ్ర రాష్ట్ర ఉన్నత న్యాయస్థానం
High Court of Andhra Pradesh building
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16°31′10″N 80°29′08″E / 16.5195°N 80.4856°E / 16.5195; 80.4856
Established1 January 2019; 5 years ago (2019-01-01)
JurisdictionAndhra Pradesh
LocationAmaravati, Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates16°31′10″N 80°29′08″E / 16.5195°N 80.4856°E / 16.5195; 80.4856
Composition methodPresidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India and Governor of Andhra Pradesh
Authorized byConstitution of India
Judge term lengthtill the age of 62 years
Number of positions37
Websiteaphc.gov.in
Chief Justice
CurrentlyDhiraj Singh Thakur
Since28 July 2023

The High Court of Andhra Pradesh is the High Court of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The seat of the High Court is currently located at Nelapadu, Amaravati.[1][2]

History

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Front view of the High Court Building

The High Court of Andhra Pradesh was established in the year 1954 when the state was formed from the earlier Madras Presidency. After the merger of the Hyderabad State with Andhra State to form the State of Andhra Pradesh, the Court initially continued at Guntur till 1956. Thereafter the High Court started functioning from the then capital city of state, Hyderabad. However, post bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad was constituted as a common High Court, until the new High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh is created. Later by a Presidential order, the High Court for the state of Andhra Pradesh was established on 1 January 2019 under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Geography and structure

The High Court is located at Amaravati.[3] It is a G+2 structure which has 23 halls that spread over an area of 2.2 lakh sqft. It was built in 4 acres with a cost of 157.3 crore. This building was constructed by Larsen & Toubro Limited.[1]

Chief Justice & Judges

The Andhra Pradesh High Court sits at Amravati, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, and can have maximum of 37 judges, of which 28 must be permanently appointed and 9 may be additionally appointed. The court currently has 28 judges.[4]

Permanent judges

# Judge Date of joining Date of retirement
1 Dhiraj Singh Thakur (CJ) 25 July 2023 24 April 2026
2 Akula Venkata Sesha Sai 12 April 2013 2 June 2024
3 Upmaka Durga Prasad Rao 23 October 2013 11 August 2024
4 Cheekati Manavendranath Roy 20 June 2019 20 May 2026
5 Ravi Nath Tilhari 12 December 2019 8 February 2031
6 Rao Raghunandan Rao 13 January 2020 29 June 2026
7 Nainala Jayasurya 13 January 2020 26 August 2030
8 Boppudi Krishna Mohan 2 May 2020 4 February 2027
9 Kanchireddy Suresh Reddy 2 May 2020 6 December 2026
10 Kumbhajadala Manmadha Rao 8 December 2021 12 June 2028
11 Boddupalli Sri Bhanumathi 8 December 2021 30 January 2030
12 Konakanti Sreenivasa Reddy 14 February 2022 2 June 2028
13 Gannamaneni Ramakrishna Prasad 14 February 2022 27 May 2026
14 Venkateswarlu Nimmagadda 14 February 2022 30 June 2029
15 Tarlada Rajasekhar Rao 14 February 2022 2 August 2029
16 Satti Subba Reddy 14 February 2022 4 February 2032
17 Ravi Cheemalapati 14 February 2022 3 December 2029
18 Vaddiboyana Sujatha 14 February 2022 9 September 2028
19 Adusumalli Venkata Ravindra Babu 4 August 2022 19 July 2024
20 Vakkalagadda Radha Krishna Krupa Sagar 4 August 2022 18 June 2025
21 Syamsunder Bandaru 4 August 2022 30 August 2024
22 Srinivas Vutukuru 4 August 2022 17 April 2026
Vacant
Vacant

Additional judges

# Judge Date of joining
1 Boppana Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Chakravarthi 4 August 2022
2 Tallapragada Mallikarjuna Rao 4 August 2022
3 Duppala Venkata Ramana 4 August 2022
4 Venkata Jyothirmai Pratapa 27 January 2023
5 Venuthurmalli Gopala Krishna Rao 27 January 2023
6 Harinath Nunepally 21 October 2023
7 Kiranmayee Mandava 21 October 2023
8 Sumathi Jagadam 21 October 2023
9 Nyapathy Vijay 21 October 2023

Former Chief Justices

S.No Chief Justice Tenure Governor
1 J. K. Maheshwari 7 October 2019 5 January 2021 Biswabhusan Harichandan
2 Arup Kumar Goswami 6 January 2021 12 October 2021
3 Prashant Kumar Mishra 13 October 2021 18 May 2023

Current judges

See also: List of sitting judges of High Courts of India

The Central government has notified the constitution of a new High Court for the state of Andhra Pradesh effective from 1 January 2019, with the principal seat at Amaravati.[5]

The court has a Sanctioned strength of 37 (permanent:28, additional:9) judges.[citation needed]

Judges elevated to the Supreme Court of India-

Sr. No Name of the Judge Date of Elevation Date of Retirement Parent High Court
1 Sarasa Venkatanarayana Bhatti 14 July 2023 5 May 2027 Andhra Pradesh

Judges transferred from the Andhra Pradesh High Court-

Sr. No. Name of the Judge Recruitment Date of Appointment Date of Retirement Remark
1 Battu Devanand BAR 13 January 2020 13 April 2028 Judge of Madras High Court
2 Donadi Ramesh BAR 13 January 2020 26 June 2027 Judge of Allahabad High Court
3 Lalitha Kanneganti BAR 2 May 2020 4 May 2033 Judge of Telangana High Court

References

  1. ^ a b "CJI Ranjan Gogoi to open Judicial Complex, lay stone for permanent HC in Amaravati today". The New Indian Express. 3 February 2019. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Andhra Pradesh government withdraws Three Capital Bill amidst opposition from Amaravati farmers". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  3. ^ Staff Reporter (2 February 2019). "CJI to inaugurate judicial complex today". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  4. ^ "CJ & Sitting Judges". Andhra Pradesh High Court.
  5. ^ "High Court Business", Sitting in Judgment : The Working Lives of Judges, Hart Publishing, 2011, doi:10.5040/9781472561008.ch-013, ISBN 978-1-84946-239-6