The High Court of Allahabad, a glorious temple of justice of the British-Era, was established by a Royal Charter as the High Court of Judicature for the North Western Province on 17th March 1866 and was seated at Agra. At that time, it was comprised of the First Chief justice - Sir Walter Morgan and five other judges Alexander Ross, William Edward, William Roberts, Francis Boyle Parson and Charles Arthur Turner.

         The High court had its first sitting on 18.06.1866 in Agra. Thereafter, it was shifted to Allahabad in the year 1869 in the building on Queens' Road (now known as Sarojini Naidu Road). Its foundation stone was laid by Sir John Stanley KC., the then Chief justice on 18.03.1911. The costruction of the building was completed on 27.11.1916 and was inaugurated by Lord Chemsford, Viceroy & Governor General of India. The High Court got the name of 'High Court of Judicature at Allahabad' through a supplementary Letters Patent 11.03.1919. In the Year 1948, the Chief Court of Oudh merged with High Court of Judicature at Allahabad under the United Provinces High Court(Amalgamation) Order, 1948.

           The High Court started function with 06 Judges but at present, when it is celebrating its 150th Anniversary, it has a sanctioned strength of 90 permanent and 70 additional judges, a total 160 judges, making it the biggest in the country. The High Court of Allahabad has the distinction of having given the country five Chief Juctice of India namely Sarvshri K. N. Wanchoo, Miza Hameedullah Beg, Raghunandan Swarup Pathak, Kamal Narain Singh and V. N. Khare. The Allahabad High Court took lead when other High Courts rejected applications for enrollment of women lawyers, by enrolling Miss Cornelia Sorabji as the first Indian Lady Vakil of Allahabad High Court on August 24, 1921 by a decision of the English Committee of the court(as the Administrative Committe was then called) consisting of Chief Justice Sir Grimwood Mears.

     In the year 2016, the Hight Court of Judicature at Allahabad is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and the Commemorative Coin Set is being issued to mark this event.


This list was prepared by Dr. Jinadatha

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