Justice J. R. Midha
Justice J. R. MidhaJustice J.R. Midha was appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 11th April, 2008 and permanent Judge of that Court on 6th July, 2011.
Before elevation, Justice Midha had been practicing before the Delhi High Court, Supreme Court, and other Courts/Forums including MRTP Commission, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, etc. Justice Midha was the Standing Counsel (Civil) of Govt. of NCT of Delhi before the High Court of Delhi from 2006 to March 2008.
From 1989 to 1992, Justice Midha was also teaching at Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University. He taught various subjects including Code of Civil Procedure, Indian Evidence Act, Transfer of Property Act, Delhi Rent Control Act, Limitation Act, Arbitration Act, Motor Vehicles Act, Court Fees Act, Suit Valuation Act, Indian Registration Act and Indian Stamp Act. Justice Midha also compiled the synopsis and case material on the subjects of "Pleading and Conveyancing" and "Motor Accident Compensation" for the Campus Law Centre. While teaching, Justice Midha organized a Lok Adalat on Motor Accident Compensation in Campus Law Centre in 1991 in which the compensation was computed by the Law students under his guidance and the computation was given to the Lok Adalat Judges in advance to ensure that the claimants get fair and uniform compensation.
As a Judge, Justice J.R. Midha has actively initiated judicial reforms to speed up the payment of due compensation to the victims of the road accidents. He has been successful in his efforts to a great extent. The Claims Tribunal Agreed Procedure formulated at his initiative with the consent of all the Insurance Companies and Delhi Police provides that the police shall complete the investigation of a criminal case, collect the entire evidence relating to computation of compensation and file a Detailed Accident Report (DAR) with the Claims Tribunal within 30 days with a copy to the Insurance Company whereupon the Insurance Company shall compute the compensation and offer the same to the claimant within 30 days thereafter. If the amount offered by the Insurance Company is fair and reasonable, the Claims Tribunal shall pass a consent award and the compensation is paid within 30 days. However, if the amount offered by the Insurance Company is not fair, the Tribunal shall pass an award within 30 days thereafter meaning thereby that the claimants get the compensation within 90 to 120 days. From April, 2010 to July 2012, a total number of 21,830 claims were filed before Motor Accident Claim Tribunals in Delhi out of which, compensation has been awarded to the claimants in terms of the Claims Tribunal Agreed Procedure in 10,762 cases.
Justice Midha has written books on Motor Accident Claims Compensation and Amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure.
Retired on 07.07.2021
Justice Hima Kohli
Justice Hima KohliBorn on 2nd September, 1959 in Delhi, Justice Kohli did her schooling from St. Thomas School, New Delhi and graduated in History (Hons.) from St. Stephens' College, University of Delhi. She completed her Post Graduation in History in First Division and thereafter, joined the L.L.B. course at the Law Faculty, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. On completing the law course in the year 1984, she got enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in the same year.
Was the Standing Counsel and Legal Advisor of the New Delhi Municiapl Council in the High Court of Delhi from 1999-2004. Was appointed as the Additional Standing Counsel (Civil), Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in the Delhi High Court in December, 2004. Has represented Government of Delhi in several important public interest litigations. Was the Legal Advisor to the Public Grievances Commission, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India, National Co-operative Development Corporation and other private organizations, banks, etc. Was a member of the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee, a statutory body constituted under the Legal Services Authority Act.
Appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi on May 29, 2006 and took oath as a permanent Judge on 29.08.2007.
Appointed as a Member of the General Council of the West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata from 11.8.2017.
Nominated as a Member of the Editorial Committee of ‘Nyaya Deep’, the official journal published by National Legal Services Authority from 07.05.2019.
Appointed as the Chairperson of the Committee of the Delhi Judicial Academy from 11.3.2020.
Appointed as the Chairperson of a High Powered Committee constituted by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi on 26.3.2020, in terms of the order dated 23.3.2020 passed by the Supreme Court of India for decongestion of jails in all States/ UTs in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Appointed as the Executive Chairperson of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority from 20.05.2020.
Appointed as the Chairperson of the Delhi High Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society from 29.06.2020.
Appointed as a Member of the Governing Council of the National Law University from 30.06.2020.
Is the member of the Administrative and General Supervision Committee of the High Court. Is the Chairperson of the Delhi High Court Building & Maintenance Committee, Mediation & Conciliation Committee and the Family Courts Committee.
Apart from performing her official duties as a Judge, she takes a keen interest in promoting mediation as an alternative dispute resolution forum, in highlighting the role of the judiciary in preservation of the ecology and environment and the role of Family Courts in resolving family disputes. She has participated in and presented papers at several national and international symposiums and conferences on these subjects.
Sworn-in as the Chief Justice of High Court for the State of Telangana on 07-01-2021.
Justice Brijesh Sethi
Justice Brijesh SethiBorn in Delhi, Justice Sethi did his schooling from St. Xavier's, Kanpur and graduated from Christ Church College, Kanpur. He completed his law course from University of Delhi in the year 1982. Joined Delhi Judicial Service on 04.11.1986 and got promoted to Higher Judicial Service in the year 2000. Worked in different capacities and presided over civil & criminal courts, Labour Court, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Additional District & Sessions Judge, Special Judge CBI, Member Secretary DSLSA, Registrar Arbitration Centre, District & Sessions Judge, South & South-East districts, Principal Secretary, Law, Justice & Legal Affairs, Govt. of NCT, Delhi, Principal Judge, Family Courts, District & Sessions Judge, South-West district. Justice Sethi is also a trained Mediator and a trainer as well and worked as Judge-in-charge Mediation and successfully mediated 3631 cases with 95% success rate. Got elevated as permanent Judge of High Court of Delhi on 27th May, 2019.
Retired on 30.11.2020.
Justice A.K. Chawla
Justice A.K. ChawlaJustice A.K. Chawla was born on 20th October, 1958 at Ambala, Haryana. Did schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya in 1975 and graduation in Science in the year 1978. Completed LL.B. in the year 1982 from Kurukshetra University. Was enrolled as an Advocate on 15th July, 1982 and practised in Delhi High Court and Delhi District Courts in Civil, Company and Labour cases. Since his appointment as Addl. District & Sessions Judge on 21st April, 1997, he has presided over various Civil and Criminal Courts. In June, 2003, he joined New Delhi Municipal Council as its Legal Advisor and on return in January, 2005, presided over Motor Accident Claim Tribunal. He is a trained Mediator under the aegis of Hon’ble MCPC of the Supreme Court of India and has been the Judge In-charge of Delhi Mediation Centre, Karkardooma Courts, Delhi, before being appointed Secretary General, Delhi High Court Arbitration Centre. He was appointed District Judge-II-cum-ASJ I/c (North), Tis Hazari Courts on 6th February, 2010 and then, from 11th March, 2011, was District Judge-III-cum-ASJ I/c (West), Tis Hazari Courts. Was appointed District & Sessions Judge (Hqs.), Delhi w.e.f. 17th April, 2013 before being elevated as Permanent Judge of Delhi High Court on 8th November, 2016. Retired on 19.10.2020.
Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal
Justice Sangita Dhingra SehgalBorn on 20th June, 1958 at Chandigarh, (India), Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal did her schooling and graduation from Chandigarh in the year 1978, obtained Law Degree (LL.B.) from Delhi University in the year 1981, did M. A. Public Administration from Panjab University in the year 1983, (L.L.M.) in the year 2004 and did her Ph.D. degree from Amity University, Noida in the year 2012.
Topper of her batch of 1984 Delhi Judicial Services (DJS), she joined Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) on 26.07.1985. She served as Sub-Judge (From 1985 to 1987), Metropolitan Magistrate and also Secretary of Legal Aid and Advise Committee (From 1987 to 1995), Competent Authority, Slums, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Joint Director/Mobilisation Committee Development (From 1995 to 1997) and was promoted as Addl. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in the year 1997 and exclusively dealt with Customs and FERA Act cases including the "‘Jain Hawala Case", "Match Fixing Case". She worked as Additional Sessions Judge in the year 2000 and dealt with "Lajpat Nagar Bomb Blast" case under Explosive Substances Act). She worked as Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (From 2000 to 2003) and being the only Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in the whole of Delhi, she looked after the entire administrative work pertaining to all Magistrates of Tis Hazari, Patiala House and Karkardooma courts and supervised functions of the entire Magistracy due to bifurcation of Delhi into five zones. During this tenure till 23rd June 2003, she was vested with the exclusive powers to deal with cases of Official Secrets Act. For the first time, Special Courts were organized in Tihar Jail and cases of undertrials languishing in Tihar Jail for long and involved in petty offences were dealt with. She worked as Secretary, Press Council of India (From 2003 to 2004) which is a statutory post established by Parliament under the Press Council Act, 1978. Thereafter, she worked as Member Secretary, Delhi Legal Services Authority (From 2004 to 2008) and on 08.03.2006, for the first time, Delhi Legal Services Authority launched Mobile Legal Services, on 10.03.2006, Summer and Winter Internship Programme for Law Interns of various Law Universities were started and also opened a 24 Hours Permanent Legal Services Clinic. She was posted as Additional District Judge (From 2008 to 2010) and Special Judge (Prevention of Corruption Act) (From 2010 to 2013) and dealt with “Cash for Vote Scam” case and a case against accused Dr. Ravi Inder Singh, IAS, Director, Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. She worked as District & Sessions Judge in the year 2013 and dealt with different cases of Public Premises Act, Essential Services Maintenance Act, Essential Commodities Act and RCT besides doing various administrative duties pertaining to Saket District. She remained Registrar General, High Court of Delhi from April, 2013 to December, 2014 and also worked as Registrar (Vigilance).
She was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Delhi as "Additional Judge" on 15th December, 2014 and became a Permanent Judge on 2nd June, 2016.
Being a Trained Mediator, number of lawyers at Raipur, Chandigarh, Udhampur, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar and Aurangabad as well as number of judicial officers in Sikkim Judicial Academy and West Bengal Judicial Academy were trained by her.
She was a member of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) implemented by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India with support from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) which aimed to strengthen access to justice particularly for women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities.
She is a Member of Juvenile Justice Board and was nominated and attended a programme titled `Regional Consultation on Strengthening Restoration and Rehabilitation of Children under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children).
She is a Presiding Officer of The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (Islamic Research Foundation).
She was nominated and attended the “21st Annual Intensive Study Programme for Judicial Educators” held at Halifax, Canada; she also attended a "Comprehensive Mediation Training Programme titled “Mastering the Fundamentals of Mediation” held in the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, U.S.A. and was also nominated to attend the “Regional Preparatory Workshop for Launch of a Global Judicial Integrity Network” held at Bangkok, Thailand.
She has authored the following books :
* “An Exhaustive Guide to the Slum Area (Improvement & Clearance) Act, 1956" and relevant Rules published in the year 1998 which was foreword by Hon’ble Justice R. C. Lahoti, Chief Justice, Delhi High Court. The second edition of the same was published in the year 2009 which was foreword by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T. S. Thakur, Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court.
* “Commentary on–The Legal Services Authorities Act” which was published in the year 2012 which was foreword by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T. S. Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India followed by its Hindi translation “Vidhik Sewa Pradhikaran Adhiniyam, 1987” published in the year 2016.
* `Woman Know Thyself’ containing different laws relating to Women in India which was published in 2016 and released by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India. Resigned on 30.05.2020.
Justice I.S. Mehta
Justice I.S. MehtaJustice Inder Singh Mehta was born on 6th April, 1958 in Village Lippa, Tehsil Moorang, District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh in a Himalayan Buddhist family. He passed All India Higher Secondary Examination (CBSE) from Vishesh Kendriya Vidalaya, Janakpuri, Delhi in the year 1976. He believes in a disciplined life and had joined NCC and was awarded Certificate ‘C’ on 5th July, 1979 by the Director General, National Cadet Corps, Delhi. He graduated from Hans Raj College in the year 1978-79 and was awarded the Hans Raj College Colour in the year 1978-79. He pursued LL.B. at Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and graduated in the year 1982. Thereafter, he enrolled himself as an advocate in 1982 with the Bar Council of Delhi and started practicing in Himachal Pradesh. He was selected in Delhi Higher Judicial Services in 1995. He was posted in several District Courts of Delhi and later on he was posted as the first District Judge of South-West District Court, Dwarka, Delhi in 2008. Thereafter, he was posted as first District & Sessions Judge, of New Delhi District at Patiala House Courts, New Delhi till 14.12.2014 where he was handling various NIA cases and was nominated to participate in a seminar organized by Global Counter Terrorism Forum in 2014 at Hague, Netherlands on the Role of Judiciary in Handling Counter Terrorism and Other National Security Cases. Thereafter, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 15th December, 2014 and became Permanent Judge on 2nd June, 2016. Retired on 05.04.2020.
Justice G. S. Sistani
Justice G. S. SistaniBorn on March 11th, 1958. Studied in Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi, till 1976 and Graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1979 and thereafter obtained L.L.B. degree in 1982.
Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1982. Commenced his career with Kaura & Company Advocates and thereafter joined his father S.N.S.Sistani who was a reputed Senior Advocate of this Court. Practiced in Delhi High Court mainly on Commercial, Civil, Writ, Original and Companies jurisdiction of the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. Also appeared before the MRTP Commission, Debt Recovery Tribunal and Arbitrators. Apart from other the nature of litigation has handled cases relating to Constitutional, Banking, Finance and Excise, MRTP, Real Estate, Administration, Cooperate, Commercial Service etc.
Remained Advocate Delhi Government during which period had handled all kinds of cases on their behalf including cases relating to Directorate of Education, Excise, Service Matters etc. as well as remained Advocate for the Delhi Development Authority. Standing Counsel for Punjab & Sind Bank as well as appeared for several other Private and Nationalized Banks, Public Sector Undertakings and other Multinational Companies.
Have been appointed as an Amicus Curiae in various cases by the High Court. Have appeared in cases entrusted by the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee. A keen sportsman, Head Boy of his school and associated with social organizations and a committee member of an aided school. Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi with effect from May 29, 2006 and was confirmed w.e.f 29.8.07. Retired on 10.03.2020
Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar
Justice Dr. S. MuralidharS. Muralidhar began his law practice in Chennai in September 1984 and in 1987 shifted to the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. He was active as a lawyer for the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee and later was its member for two terms. His pro bono work included the cases for the victims of the Bhopal Gas Disaster and those displaced by the dams on the Narmada. He was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in several PIL cases and in cases involving convicts on the death row. Muralidhar was counsel for the National Human Rights Commission and the Election Commission of India and a part-time member of the Law Commission from December 2002 till May 2006 when he was appointed a judge of the Delhi High Court. Muralidhar was awarded the Ph D by the Delhi University in 2003. He is the author of `Law, Poverty and Legal Aid: Access to Criminal Justice' a book published by LexisNexis Butterworths in August 2004. Transferred to High Court of Punjab and Haryana and assumed office as Judge on 06.03.2020.
Justice Chander Shekhar
Justice Chander Shekhar
Born on 26th January, 1958 in a small Village Hasole (Chokath), Tehsil Dehra, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh in an Agricultural family.
Did his Schooling from Harcourt Butler Sr. Secondary School, New Delhi, B.Com(P) from University of Delhi and then LL.B. Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in the year 1982 and started practice on the Civil, Criminal and Industrial side in the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi and Delhi District Courts.
Joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service in the year 2000. Presided over Sessions Court, Civil Court, Judge NDPS, PO MACT, Rent Control Tribunal, Spl. Judge PC Act CBI. Expeditiously disposed of many cases including the most sensitive matter of Maulana Azad Medical College also known as “Khooni Darwaja Case”.
Justice Chander Shekhar has written and compiled a book titled as ICT in Delhi Courts, which is a guide to the complete process of Computerization of Delhi District Courts and also formatted and designed District Courts User Manual in Hindi to make justice accessible to all. His keen interest and untiring efforts as Chairman, Computer Committee, Delhi District Courts continuously for six years resulted into Computerization of District Courts. Was also Chairman of various administrative Committees of the Delhi District Courts.
Justice Chander Shekhar is a trained Mediator. Posted as Full time Coordinator, Mediation Centre, Rohini Courts, where he was instrumental in planning and making the Mediation Centre, Rohini Courts fully functional, in the year 2009. Imparted training to the Advocates & Judge Mediators.
Worked as a Reporter (Part-time), Indian Law Reports, Delhi.
In 2010, was posted as Registrar (Case Flow Management), High Court of Delhi and more than three thousand matters after physical scrutiny were placed before various Courts and disposed off.
In 2011, was appointed as Spl. Secretary (Law), Department of Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs, GNCT of Delhi having the additional charge of Secretary, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Director, Delhi Dispute Resolution Society.
Became District & Sessions Judge (North), in March, 2013 and in December, 2013 as District & Sessions Judge (North-West), Delhi.
In July, 2014 was posted as Registrar (Vigilance) High Court of Delhi, New Delhi.
Attended many Seminars including ‘End to End-Court Technology’ held at Singapore as nominated by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Regional Workshop on Counter Terrorism held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Invited as resource person by Delhi Judicial Academy and various other Departments/Institutes.
Elevated as Permanent Judge of High Court of Delhi on 8th November, 2016.
While sitting in Division Benches and for some time in a Single Bench till October, 2018, the total disposal of the Main Cases was 2610 and that of the Miscellaneous Applications was 5471. As per actual working days w.e.f. from 8th November, 2016 to 21st October, 2018 the disposal of the cases was 9.2 cases per day as per MaliMath Committee Criteria.
However, while holding the present Single Bench on criminal side w.e.f. 22nd October, 2018 till 30th November, 2019, the total disposal of the Main Cases is 2405 and that of the Miscellaneous Applications is 3755. As per actual working days, the disposal of the cases is 16.94 Cases per day as per MaliMath Committee Criteria.
Apart from holding regular Court and disposing of many-many important matters, the judgments whereof have been published in various Law Journals and are widely cited in Courts all over the country, Justice Chander Shekhar has also presided over two Tribunals involving highly sensitive national security issues, in respect of banned organizations, namely Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu & Kashmir (JeI) and Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (Mohd. Yasin Malik Faction) (JKLF-Y), under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Retired on 25.01.2020.