Patna High Court
पटना उच्च न्यायालय
Emblem of the Patna High Court
Map
25°36′32″N 85°7′32″E / 25.60889°N 85.12556°E / 25.60889; 85.12556
Established9 February 1916; 107 years ago (1916-02-09)
JurisdictionBihar
LocationPatna, Bihar, India
Coordinates25°36′32″N 85°7′32″E / 25.60889°N 85.12556°E / 25.60889; 85.12556
Composition methodPresidential assent on advice of the Chief Justice of India with consultation of Governor of Bihar
Authorized byConstitution of India
Judge term lengthmandatory retirement by age of 62
Number of positions53
Websitepatnahighcourt.gov.in
Chief Justice
CurrentlyKrishnan Vinod Chandran
Since29 March 2023

The Patna High Court is the High Court of the state of Bihar. It was established on 3 February 1916 and later affiliated under the Government of India Act 1915.[1]

The court is based in Patna, the administrative capital of the state of Bihar, India.[1][2]

History of the court

A 2015 stamp dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Patna High Court
Patna High Court Gate No.1

A proclamation for setting up the court was issued by the governor-general of India on 22 March 1912. The foundation-stone of the High Court Building was laid on 1 December 1913 by Viceroy and Governor-General of India Sir Charles Hardinge of Penshurst. Work commenced on 1 March 1916. The Patna High Court building on its completion was formally opened by the same viceroy on 3 February 1916. Edward Maynard Des Champs Chamier was the first chief justice of the court.

In 1948, the Patna High Court exercised jurisdiction over the territories of the Province of Bihar & Orissa until 26 July 1948, when a separate high court was constituted for Orissa. The Patna High Court opened a circuit bench at Ranchi in 1972. In 1976, the circuit bench of the Patna High Court at Ranchi became a permanent bench. In 2000, the circuit bench of the Patna High Court at Ranchi became the Jharkhand High Court in November 2000, under the Bihar Reorganisation Act, 2000.[2]

Starting 18 April 2015, the Patna High Court planned a year-long centenary celebration of 100 years of establishment, and the occasion was inaugurated by the president of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and chaired by the governor of Bihar Shri, Keshari Nath Tripathi; the chief justice of India, H. L. Dattu; and the chief justice of the Patna High Court, L. Narasimha Reddy.[2]

Prominent judges of the Patna High Court

Judges

The following have served as judges of the court.[7]

S.No. Judge name Designation Date of elevation Date of retirement Source of recruitment Remarks
1 Krishnan Vinod Chandran Chief Justice 8 November 2011 24 April 2025 Bar Chief Justice since 27 March 2023, transferred from Kerala High Court
2 Chakradhari Sharan Singh Judge 5 April 2012 19 January 2025 Bar Acting Chief Justice from 6 February 2023 to 27 March 2023, due to elevation of Justice Sanjay Karol, the then Chief Justice and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, the then senior-most Judge to the Supreme Court.
3 Ashutosh Kumar Judge 15 May 2014 30 September 2028 Bar Transferred to Delhi High Court on 7 January 2015, and back to Patna High Court on 24-11-17.
4 Vipul M. Pancholi Judge 24 July 2023 27 May 2030 Bar
5 PavanKumar Bhimappa Banjanthri Judge 2 January 2015 22 October 2025 Bar
6 Arvind Srivastava Judge 9 December 2016 3 April 2024 Service
7 Rajeev Ranjan Prasad Judge 22 May 2017 4 September 2028 Bar
8 Mohit Kumar Shah Judge 22 May 2017 25 April 2031 Bar
9 Bibek Chaudhuri Judge 24 November 2023
10 Nana Taiga Judge 01 November 2023 Bar
11 Anjani Kumar Sharan Judge 17 April 2019 9 April 2025 Bar
12 Anil Kumar Sinha Judge 17 April 2019 18 June 2027 Bar
13 Prabhat Kumar Singh Judge 17 April 2019 1 January 2029 Bar
14 Partha Sarthy Judge 17 April 2019 21 October 2031 Bar
15 A. Abhishek Reddy Judge 15 May 2023 6 November 2029 Bar
16 Nawneet Kumar Pandey Judge 7 October 2021 28 September 2028 Service
17 Sunil Kumar Panwar Judge 7 October 2021 14 August 2024 Service
18 Sandeep Kumar Judge 20 October 2021 19 January 2029 Bar
19 Purnendu Singh Judge 20 October 2021 3 February 2029 Bar
20 Satyavrat Verma Judge 20 October 2021 5 December 2030 Bar
21 Rajesh Kumar Verma Judge 20 October 2021 11 December 2031 Bar
22 Gunnu Anupama Chakravarthy Judge 1 November 2023 2030 Service
23 Rajiv Roy Judge 29 March 2022 31 October 2027 Bar
24 Harish Kumar Judge 29 March 2022 9 January 2037 Bar
25 Shailendra Singh Judge 4 June 2022 3 June 2034 Service
26 Arun Kumar Jha Judge 4 June 2022 16 October 2033 Service
27 Jitendra Kumar Judge 4 June 2022 1 November 2031 Service
28 Alok Kumar Pandey Judge 4 June 2022 31 August 2033 Service
29 Sunil Dutta Mishra Judge 4 June 2022 19 December 2029 Service
30 Chandra Prakash Singh Judge 4 June 2022 22 December 2025 Service
31 Chandra Shekhar Jha Judge 4 June 2022 31 December 2030 Service
32 Khatim Reza Judge 5 June 2022 4 December 2028 Bar
33 Dr. Anshuman Judge 5 June 2022 10 June 2031 Bar
34 Rudra Prakash Mishra Judge 4 November 2023 Service
35 Ramesh Chand Malviya Judge 4 November 2023 Service

Former chief justices

The following have served as chief justices of the court.[4]

Chief justice From To Comments
Krishnan Vinod Chandran 27 March 2023 Incumbent Transferred from Kerala High Court
Hon. Sanjay Karol 11 November 2019 5 February 2023 Transferred from Tripura High Court
Hon. Amreshwar Pratap Sahi 17 November 2018 10 November 2019 Transferred from Allahabad High Court
Hon. Mukesh Shah 12 August 2018 1 November 2018 Elevated to Supreme Court on 2 November 2018
Hon. Iqbal Ahmed Ansari 29 August 2016 28 October 2016
Hon. L. Narasimha Reddy 2 January 2015 31 July 2015
Hon. Rekha Manharlal Doshit 21 June 2010 13 December 2014
Hon. Shri Dipak Misra 23 December 2009 24 June 2010 Elevated to Supreme Court on 10 October 2011
Hon. Shri J. B. Koshy 19 August 2009 16 September 2009
Hon. Shri R.M. Lodha 13 May 2008 16 December 2008
Hon. Shri Rajesh Balia 5 January 2008 3 March 2008
Hon. Dr. J.N. Bhatt 18 July 2005 16 October 2007
Hon. Shri Ravi S. Dhavan 25 January 2000 22 July 2004
Hon. Shri B.M. Lal 9 July 1997 6 October 1999
Hon. Shri D.P. Wadhwa 29 September 1995 21 March 1997
Hon. Shri G.P. Patnaik 19 May 1995 11 September 1995
Hon. Shri K. Venkataswamy 19 September 1994 6 March 1995
Hon. Shri K. S. Paripoornan 24 January 1994 11 June 1994
Hon. Shri Bimal Chandra Basak 18 March 1991 21 October 1994
Hon. Shri Gangadhar Ganesh Sohani 24 October 1989 17 December 1990
Hon. Shri Shushil Kumar Jha 19 October 1989 23 October 1989
Hon. Shri Dipak Kumar Sen 1 May 1988 1 May 1989
Hon. Shri Bhagwati Prasad Jha 2 January 1988 2 January 1988
Hon. Shri Surjit Singh Sandhawalia 29 November 1983 27 July 1987
Hon. Shri Krishna Ballabh Narayan Singh 19 July 1976 12 March 1982
Hon. Shri Shyam Nandan Prasad Singh 3 October 1974 1 May 1976
Hon. Shri Nand Lall Untwalia 29 September 1972 3 October 1974
Hon. Shri Ujjal Narayan Sinha 5 September 1970 29 September 1972
Hon. Shri Satish Chandra Mishra 9 November 1968 5 September 1970
Hon. Shri Ramaswamy Lakshmi Narasimhan 4 January 1965 2 August 1968
Hon. Shri Vaidyanathier Ramaswami 30 April 1956 4 January 1965
Hon. Shri Sudhansu Kumar Das 10 January 1955 30 April 1956
Hon. Shri Syed Jafar Imam 3 September 1953 10 January 1955
Hon. Shri David Ezra Reuben 1 June 1952 2 September 1953
Hon. Pandit Lakshami Kant Jha 8 April 1950 1 June 1952
Hon. Sir Herbert Ribton Meredith 25 January 1950 8 April 1950
Hon. Sir Clifford Monmohan Agarwala 9 January 1948 24 January 1950
Hon. Sir Syed Fazl Ali 19 January 1943 14 October 1946
Hon. Sir Arthur Trevor Harries 10 October 1938 19 January 1943
Hon Justice Kulwant Sahay 27 November 1922 22 January 1934
Hon. Sir Courtney Terrell 31 March 1928 6 May 1938
Hon. Sir Thomas Fredrick Dawson Miller 31 October 1917 31 March 1928
Hon. Sir Edward Maynard Des Champs Chamier 1 March 1916 30 October 1917

References

  1. ^ a b "The High Court of Judicature at Patna". patnahighcourt.gov.in. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "The High Court of Judicature at Patna". patnahighcourt.gov.in. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Justice Rekha Doshit sworn in as Chief Justice of Patna HC - Hindustan Times". 14 March 2014. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "LIST OF RETIRED CHIEF JUSICE". patnahighcourt.gov.in. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "LIST OF RETIRED JUDGES". patnahighcourt.gov.in. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  6. ^ a b "FORMER CHIEF JUSTICES | SUPREME COURT OF INDIA". main.sci.gov.in. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  7. ^ "The High Court of Judicature at Patna". patnahighcourt.gov.in. Retrieved 31 May 2022.