Allahabad High Court

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Allahabad High Court
Allahabad high court.jpg
High Court Building
Established 1866 (in Agra)
1869 (in Allahabad)
Country India

Principal Seat: Allahabad, U.P.

Circuit Bench: Lucknow
Coordinates 25°27′11″N 81°49′14″E / 25.45306°N 81.82056°E / 25.45306; 81.82056Coordinates: 25°27′11″N 81°49′14″E / 25.45306°N 81.82056°E / 25.45306; 81.82056
Composition method Presidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India and Governor of respective state.
Authorized by Constitution of India
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of India
Judge term length mandatory retirement by age of 62
No. of positions 160
Chief Justice
Currently Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale
Since July 2016

The Allahabad High Court or the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad is a high court based in Allahabad that has jurisdiction over the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1869, making it one of the first high courts to be established in India.


Allahabad became the seat of Government of North-Western Provinces and a High Court was established in 1834 but was shifted to Agra within a year.[1] In 1868 it shifted back to Allahabad.[2][3] The former High Court was located at the Accountant General's office at the University of Allahabad complex.[3]

It was founded as the High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces at Agra on 17 March 1866 by the Indian High Courts Act 1861 replacing the old Sadr Diwani Adalat. Sir Walter Morgan, Barrister-at-Law and Mr. Simpson were appointed the first Chief Justice and the first Registrar respectively of the High Court of North-Western Provinces.

The location High Court for the North-Western Provinces was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869 and the name was correspondingly changed to the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad from 11 March 1919.

On 2 November 1925, the Oudh Judicial Commissioner's Court was replaced by the Oudh Chief Court at Lucknow by the Oudh Civil Courts Act of 1925, enacted by the United Provinces Legislature with the previous sanction of the Governor General the passing of this Act.

On 25 February 1948, the Chief Court of Oudh was amalgamated with the High Court of Allahabad.

When the state of Uttaranchal, now known as Uttarakhand, was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000, this high court ceased to have jurisdiction over the districts falling in Uttaranchal. Allahabad High court was built by Khan saheb Nizamuddin of Loha Mundi, Agra, India. He also donated the water fountain to the High court.

Principal seat and benches

The seat of the court is at Allahabad. Allahabad High Court maintains a permanent circuit bench at Lucknow, the administrative capital of the state. The maximum number of serving judges is 160, the highest in India.

Chief Justice

Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale is the Chief Justice of the Court.[4][5]

List of Chief Justices

# Chief Justice Term
1 Walter Morgan (judge) 1866–1871
2 Robert Stuart 1871–1884
3 William Comer Petheram 1884–1886
4 John Edge 1886–1898
5 Louis Addin Kershaw 1898
6 Arthur Strachey 1898–1901
7 John Stanley 1901–1911
8 Henry George Richards 1911–1919
9 Edward Grimwood Mears 1919–1932
10 Shah Muhammad Sulaiman 1932–1937
11 John Gibb Thom 1937–1941
12 Iqbal Ahmad 1941–1946
13 Kamala Kanta Verma 1946–1947
14 Bidhu Bhushan Malik 1947–1955
15 O.H. Mootham 1955–1961
16 Manulal Chunilal Desai 1961–1966
17 Vashishtha Bhargava 25 February 1966 – 7 August 1966
18 Nasirullah Beg 1966–1967
19 Vidyadhar Govind Oak 1967–1971
20 Shashi Kanta Verma 1971–1973
21 Dhatri Saran Mathur 1973–1974
22 Kunwar Bahadur Asthana 1974–1977
23 D. M. Chandrashekhar 1977–1978
24 Satish Chandra 1978–1983
25 Mahesh Narain Shukla 1983–1985
26 Hriday Nath Seth 1986
27 Kalmanje Jagannatha Shetty 1986–1987
28 Dwarka Nath Jha 1987
29 Amitav Banerji 1987–1988
30 Brahma Nath Katju 1988–1989
31 B. P. Jeevan Reddy 1990–1991
32 Manoj Kumar Mukherjee 1991–1993
33 S. S. Sodhi 1994–1995
34 A. Lakshman Rao 1995–1996
35 D. P. Mohapatra 1996–1998
36 N. K. Mitra 1999–2000
37 Shyamal Kumar Sen 8 May 2000 – 24 November 2002
38 Tarun Chatterjee 31 January 2003 – 26 August 2004
39 Ajoy Nath Ray 11 January 2005 – 26 January 2007
40 Hemant Laxman Gokhale 7 March 2007 – 8 March 2009
41 Chandramauli Kumar Prasad 20 March 2009 – 7 February 2010
42 Ferdino Rebello 26 June 2010 – 30 July 2011
43 Syed Rafat Alam 4 August 2011 – 8 August 2012
44 Shiva Kirti Singh 17 October 2012 – 18 September 2013
45 Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud 31 October 2013 – 12 May 2016
46 Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale 30 July 2016 - Incumbent

Reporting and citation

Private journals that report Allahabad High Court Judgements include 1. Allahabad Criminal Cases, 2. Allahabad Law Journal 3. Allahabad Daily Judgements 4. Allahabad Civil Journal 5. Allahabad Weekly Cases 6. Allahabad Rent Cases 7. Revenue Decisions 8. U.P. Local Bodies and Education Cases 9. Lucknow Civil Decisions (LCD) 10. Judicial Interpretation on Crimes (JIC)

High Court Service

The Office staff at High Court of Judicature at Allahabad is broadly divided into four Cadres:

  • General office Cadre
  • BS Cadre
  • PS Cadre
  • Computer Cadre.

General Office cadre is the nodal cadre for handling all the administrative and judicial work in the hon'ble court and ensuring judicial work is carried out in a streamlined and time-bound manner.

BS (Bench Secretary) and PS (Private Secretary) cadres are specialised cadres and are attached to hon'ble judges to assist them in judicial proceedings and other miscellaneous work.

(Organizational structure)

It consists of the officers and officials of Registry with the following hierarchy.

The apex two posts Registrar General and Senior Registrar are reserved for HJS(Higher Judicial Service) officers and both the posts are filled up from amongst one of the senior most HJS officers.

Designation / Grade Pay/ Group

11) Registrar General / A

10) Senior Registrar / A

                     General Office Cadre 

Gazetted Officers

9) Registrar / 8900(Level 13A) / A

8)Joint Registrar / 8700(Level 13) / A

7)Deputy Registrar / 7600(Level 12) / A

6)Assistant Registrar / 6600(Level 11) / A

5) Section Officer / 5400(Level 10) / B

4) Review Officer / 4800(Level 8) / B

Non-Gazetted Officials

3) Asst. Review Officer /4600(Level 7)

2) Routine grade Clerk

1) Peon/Bundle Lifter

BS Cadre

It consists of Bench Secretaries of different grades. These post are filled through departmental examination.

PS Cadre

It consists of personal secretaries of various grades and personal assistants.

Computer Cadre

It consists of officers and officials in following hierarchy:

  • System Manager
  • Senior System Analyst
  • System Analyst
  • Programmer Gr. 1
  • Programmer Gr. 2
  • Computer Operator A,B & C

Registrar General is the head of all the Officers and Officials working in the High Court.


  1. ^ Ashutosh Joshi (1 January 2008). Town Planning Regeneration of Cities. New India Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 8189422820. 
  2. ^ Ashutosh Joshi (1 January 2008). Town Planning Regeneration of Cities. New India Publishing. p. 122. ISBN 8189422820. 
  3. ^ a b Ashutosh Joshi (1 January 2008). Town Planning Regeneration of Cities. New India Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 8189422820. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "DB Bhosale takes over as Chief Justice of Allahabad HC". Business Standard. 2016-07-30. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 

External links

  • Official website
  • History of Allahabad High Court
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