Government clears the appointment of new chief justices in 5 high courts

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The government has approved the appointment of new Chief Justices in five High Courts.

  • The Ministry of Law and Justice has released the notification for the appointment of Chief Justices of the High Courts of Uttarakhand, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Guwahati.

  • Uttarakhand High Court - Justice Vipin Sanghi of the Delhi High Court will be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.

  • Gauhati High Court - Gujarat High Court judge Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya has been appointed Gauhati Chief Justice. 

  • Telangana High Court - Telangana High Court judge Ujjal Bhuyan has been appointed Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court.

  • Himachal Pradesh High Court - Bombay High Court Chief Justice AA Sayed has been appointed Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice.

  • Rajasthan High Court - Bombay High Court Justice SS Shinde has been appointed Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice.

  • Judicial vacancies

  • As of June 1, the number of judicial vacancies in high courts remains at 400, while the number of serving judges is 708.

  • The sanctioned strength of judges in 25 High Courts is 1,108.

  • Important facts about High Courts

  • Number of High Courts in India - 25

  • Newest High Court of India - Andhra Pradesh High Court established on 1st January 2019. 

  • The High Court is the highest court in a state in India. 

  • Article 217 of the Constitution states that the Judge of a High Court shall be appointed by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice of India, the Governor of the State.

  • There is a High Court for Haryana, Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

  • There is only one High Court for the northeastern states.

  • The first High Court in India is the Calcutta High Court, it was established in 1862.

  • The Gauhati High Court has the largest number of benches in India.

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