The Uttarakhand High Court is the
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of the
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Uttarakhand Uttarakhand ( , or ; , lit. 'Northern Land'), formerly known as Uttaranchal ( ), is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the "Devbhumi" (literally "Land of the Gods") due to its religious significance and numerous ...

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. The building of Uttarakhand High Court was constructed by Santoni MacDonald in 1900. The Uttarakhand State was carved out from the State of
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on 9 November 2000 under the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000. At the time of the creation of the State, the High Court of Uttarakhand was also established on the same day at
Nainital Nainital ( Kumaoni: ''Naintāl'' or ''Nainītālā''; ) is a town and popular hill station in Nainital district Nainital district is a district in Kumaon division which is a part of Uttarakhand state, India. The headquarters is at Nain ...

. The sanctioned judge strength at the time of creation in 2000 was 7; this was increased to 9 in 2003. Justice
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was the inaugural holder of the office. Former Chief Justices of Uttarakhand Sarosh Homi Kapadia and Jagdish Singh Khehar later went on to become Chief Justice of India. Sanjaya Kumar Mishra is the current Acting Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. He assumed office on 24 December 2021.

List of sitting judges of the Uttarakhand High Court

There are currently seven sitting judges including the Acting Chief Justice, with four posts of judges lying vacant.Sitting judges of the Uttarakhand High Court
/ref> Following is the list of the current serving judges of the Uttarakhand High Court, ordered by seniority.

Registrar General

Dhananjay Chaturvedi is the current Registrar General of the Uttarakhand High Court. He Assumed office on 24 December 2020.

Notable cases

In March 2017, Uttarakhand High Court mandated that the rivers Ganges and Yamuna as well as all water bodies are "living entities" i.e. "legal person" and appointed 3 persons as trustees to protect the rights of rivers against the pollution caused by the humans.Birds to holy rivers: A list of everything India considers “legal persons”
Quartz (publication), Quartz, September 2019.

See also

*Chief Justice of Uttarakhand *High courts of India *List of sitting judges of High Courts of India *Supreme Court of India *List of sitting judges of the Supreme Court of India *District Courts of India *Nyaya panchayat *Uttarakhand Lok Adalat *Uttarakhand Lokayukta *Judiciary of India


External links

The High Court of Uttarakhand, official website

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