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Common High Court of UT of J&K and Ladakh renamed as High Court of J&K and Ladakh

Common High Court of UT of J&K and Ladakh renamed as High Court of J&K and Ladakh

The Ministry of Law and Justice has decided to rename ‘Common High Court of UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh’ as ‘High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh’.

  • To implement this decision, President Ram Nath Kovind also signed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2021.
  • The new name will be quite convenient as well as in consonance with the name pattern followed in other common HCs.

Here is the official statement released by the Department of Law:

  • “The present nomenclature is found to be rather long-winding and cumbersome. The said nomenclature may be substituted as High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which besides being convenient would also be in consonance with the name pattern followed in other common High Courts, namely, Punjab and Haryana High Court, which has jurisdiction over the states of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh,”

About Jammu and Kashmir High Court

  • The High Court was founded on 26th March 1928 by letters patent issued by the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • It has 17 judges, among whom 13 are permanent judges and 4 are additional judges.
  • Justice Pankaj Mittal is serving as the current Chief Justice of the High Court since January 4th, 2021.

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