Delhi High Court

The High Court of Delhi (IAST: dillī uchcha nyāyālaya) was established on 31 October 1966. The High Court of Delhi was established with four judges, including Chief Justice K. S. Hegde, Justice I. D. Dua, Justice H. R. Khanna and Justice S. K. Kapur.[1] Presently, the High Court has a sanctioned strength of 45 permanent judges and 15 additional judges.[1]

Delhi High Court
दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय
Established31 October 1966
LocationNew Delhi
Coordinates28°36′32″N 77°14′10″E / 28.6090°N 77.2361°E / 28.6090; 77.2361Coordinates: 28°36′32″N 77°14′10″E / 28.6090°N 77.2361°E / 28.6090; 77.2361
Composition methodPresidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India
Websitedelhihighcourt.nic.in
Chief Justice
CurrentlyDhirubhai Naranbhai Patel
Since7 June 2019

HistoryEdit

In 1882, the High Court of Judicature at Lahore was established with jurisdiction over the provinces of Punjab and Delhi. This jurisdiction lasted until 1947 when India was partitioned.

The High Courts (Punjab) Order, 1947 established a new High Court for the province of East Punjab with effect from 15 August 1947.[2] The India (Adaptation of Existing Indian Laws) Order, 1947 provided that any reference in existing Indian law to the High Court of Judicature at Lahore be replaced by a reference to the High Court of East Punjab.[1]

The High Court of East Punjab started functioning from Shimla in a building called "Peterhoff". This building burnt down in January 1981.[citation needed]

When the Secretariat of the Punjab Government shifted to Chandigarh in 1954–55, the High Court also shifted to Chandigarh. The High Court of Punjab, as it later came to be called, exercised jurisdiction over Delhi through a Circuit Bench which dealt with the cases pertaining to the Union Territory of Delhi and the Delhi Administration.[1]

In view of the importance of Delhi, its population and other considerations, the Indian Parliament, by enacting the Delhi High Court Act, 1966, established the High Court of Delhi effective from 31 October 1966.[1]

By virtue of Section 3(1) of the Delhi High Court Act, the Central Government was empowered to appoint a date by notification in the official gazette, establishing a High Court for the Union Territory of Delhi. The appointed date was 31 October 1966.

The High Court of Delhi initially exercised jurisdiction not only over the Union Territory of Delhi but also Himachal Pradesh. The High Court of Delhi had a Himachal Pradesh Bench at Shimla in a building called Ravenswood. The High Court of Delhi continued to exercise jurisdiction over Himachal Pradesh until the State of Himachal Pradesh Act, 1970 came into force on 25 January 1971.[1]

Current Judges of Delhi HCEdit

Following is the list of sitting Judges including Chief Justice of High Court of Delhi:[3]

Sr. No. Designation Name
1 Chief Justice of Delhi HC Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel
2 Justice Vipin Sanghi
3 Justice Siddharth Mridul
4 Justice Manmohan
5 Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw
6 Justice J.R. Midha
7 Justice Rajiv Shakdher
8 Justice Suresh Kumar Kait
9 Justice Mukta Gupta
10 Justice Jayant Nath
11 Justice Najmi Wazir
12 Justice Sanjeev Sachdva
13 Justice Vibhu Bakhru
14 Justice V. Kameswar Rao
15 Justice Anu Malhotra
16 Justice Yogesh Khanna
17 Justice Rekha Palli
18 Justice Prathiba M. Singh
19 Justice Navin Chawla
20 Justice C. Hari Shankar
21 Justice Subramonium Prasad
22 Justice Jyoti Singh
23 Justice Prateek Jalan
24 Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani
25 Justice Sanjeev Narula
26 Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri
27 Justice Talwant Singh
28 Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar
29 Justice Asha Menon
30 Justice Jasmeet Singh
31 Justice Amit Bansal

Original Side Civil JurisdictionEdit

The High Court of Delhi is territory.[4] This means that civil cases can be filed directly in the High Court, whereas the High Court generally only has appellate civil jurisdiction otherwise. The other High Courts which have original side jurisdiction are Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, and Himachal Pradesh.[5]

BacklogEdit

As per the report released on 2006–08, Delhi High court has a long list of pending cases. The backlog is such that it would take 466 years to resolve them. In a bid to restore public trust and confidence, Delhi court spent 5 minutes per case and disposed of 94,000 cases in 2008–10.[6]

Former Chief Justices of Delhi HCEdit

# Chief Justices Tenure
Start End
1 K. S. Hegde 31 Oct 1966 16 Jul 1967
- M K M Ismail (acting) 17 Jul 1967 13 Nov 1967
2 I. D. Dua 14 Nov 1967 01 Aug 1969
3 H. R. Khanna 01 Aug 1969 22 Sep 1970
4 Hardayal Hardy 22 Sep 1971 15 May 1972
5 Narain Andley 15 May 1972 04 Jun 1974
6 T. V. R. Tatachari 04 Jun 1974 16 Oct 1978
7 V. S. Deshpande 16 Oct 1978 27 Mar 1980
8 Prakash Narain 08 Jan 1981 06 Aug 1985
9 Rajinder Sachar 06 Aug 1985 22 Dec 1985
10 D. K. Kapur 22 Dec 1985 20 Aug 1986
11 T.P.S. Chawla 20 Aug 1986 16 Aug 1987
- R. N. Aggarwal (acting) 16 Aug 1987 21 Aug 1987
12 Yogeshwar Dayal 21 Aug 1987 18 Mar 1988
13 Rabindranath Pyne 18 Mar 1988 28 Sep 1990
14 Milap Chand Jain 28 Nov 1990 21 Jul 1991
15 G. C. Mittal 05 Aug 1991 04 Mar 1994
16 M. Jagannadha Rao 12 Apr 1994 21 Mar 1997
17 Mahinder Narain 21 Mar 1997 30 Dec 1999
18 Sam Nariman Variava 31 Dec 1999 15 Mar 2000
19 Arijit Pasayat 10 May 2000 19 Oct 2001
20 S.B. Sinha 26 Nov 2001 01 Oct 2002
21 B. C. Patel 05 Mar 2003 07 Aug 2005
22 Markandey Katju 12 Oct 2005 10 Apr 2006
23 Mukundakam Sharma 04 Dec 2006 09 Apr 2008
24 Ajit Prakash Shah 11 May 2008 12 Feb 2010
25 Dipak Misra 24 May 2010 10 Oct 2011
26 D Murugesan 26 Sep 2012 10 Jun 2013
- Badar Durrez Ahmed (acting) 10 Jun 2013 01 Sept 2013
27 N. V. Ramana 02 Sep 2013 16 Feb 2014
- Badar Durrez Ahmed (acting) 17 Feb 2014 20 Apr 2014
28 Gorla Rohini 21 Apr 2014 13 Apr 2017
- Gita Mittal (acting) 14 Apr 2017 10 Aug 2018
29 Rajendra Menon 11 Aug 2018 06 Jun 2019

District CourtsEdit

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has 7 District Courts Complex that function under the High Court of Delhi. These 7 are physical locations of the district courts, whereas actually there are 11 district courts headed by individual District Judges. The Tis Hazari complex, Rohini complex and Saket complex hosts 2 Districts each, while the Karkardooma complex hosts 3 Districts and the remaining 3 complexes (Patiala, Dwarka and Rouse Avenue) host 1 District each.

The list of 7 District Courts Complex in Delhi is as follows:

S.No. Year of
establishment
Districts Name of Court
1 1958 Central Delhi and West Delhi Tis Hazari Courts Complex
2 1977 New Delhi Patiala House Courts Complex
3 1993 East Delhi, North-East Delhi and Shahdara Karkardooma Courts Complex
4 2005 North Delhi and North-West Delhi Rohini Courts Complex
5 2008 South-West Delhi Dwarka Courts Complex
6 2010 South Delhi and South-East Delhi Saket Courts Complex
7 2019 Central Delhi and West Delhi Rouse Avenue Courts Complex[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "History – Delhi HC". delhihighcourt.nic.in. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  2. ^ "The High Courts (Punjab) Order, 1947)" (PDF). Www.delhihighcourt.nic.in. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Chief Justice and sitting Judges of Delhi HC". High Court of Delhi.
  4. ^ "Delhi High Court (Original Side) Rules, 2018" (PDF). Delhi High Court.
  5. ^ "Indian Courts". Daksh. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "At 5 minutes per case, Delhi high court clears 94,000 in 2 years". The Times of India. 30 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Rouse Avenue court complex opens today". The Times of India. 9 April 2019.

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