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Article 214 of the Constitution of India reads as follows:

"214. High Courts for States :-  
            There shall be a High Court for each State"

Thus this is the High Court for the State of Kerala.


             Article 230 enables the Indian Parliament, by law to extend the jurisdiction of a High Court to any Union Territory. By virtue of this the High Court of Kerala is also the High Court having jurisdiction over the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

 

             The High Court is a Constitutional Court in terms of Article 215. It is a court of record and has all the powers of such court including the power to punish for contempt of itself. Every High Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and such other judges as the President of India from time to time deem it necessary. At present, the sanctioned Judge strength of the High Court of Kerala is 27 Permanent Judges including the Chief Justice and 11 Additional Judges. Every judge including the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President of India by Warrant under his hand and seal. Every permanent judge will continue in office until he attains the age of 62 years. The Additional Judges are appointed for a period not exceeding two years taking into account the temporary increase in the business of the High Court. Such judge shall also not hold office after attaining the age of 62.

 

 

As at present, there are 26 Permanent Judges including the Chief Justice and 9 Additional Judges. They are:

 

* Permanent Judges:

  1. The Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice Mr. Ashok Bhushan

  2. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan 

  3. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. T. Sankaran

  4. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Antony Dominic

  5. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.N. Ravindran

  6. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. Surendra Mohan

  7. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon

  8. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice C.K. Abdul Rehim

  9. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice C.T. Ravikumar

  10. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice V. Chitambaresh

  11. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.M. Shaffique

  12. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. Harilal

  13. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. Vinod Chandran

  14. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Babu Mathew P. Joseph

  15. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.D. Rajan

  16. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. Ramakrishnan

  17. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice B. Kemal Pasha

  18. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. Hariprasad

  19. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu

  20. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice P. Ubaid

  21. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K. Abraham Mathew

  22. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Alexander Thomas

  23. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque

  24. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.K. Jayasankaran Nambiar

  25. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anil K. Narendran

* Additional Judges:

  1. The Hon’ble Smt. Justice P V Asha

  2. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice P B Suresh Kumar

  3. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sunil Thomas

  4. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Shaji P. Chaly

  5. The Hon’ble Smt. Justice Anu Sivaraman

  6. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan V.

  7. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice B.Sudheendra Kumar

  8. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice K.P. Jyothindranath

  9. The Hon’ble Smt. Justice Mary Joseph

           In terms of Article 226 of the Constitution of India, the High Court shall have power in relation to its territorial jurisdiction to issue Directions, Orders and Writs including the Writs in the nature of Habeas Corpus, Mandamus, Prohibition, Quowarranto and Certiorari for enforcement of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens under Part III of the Constitution or for any other purpose. The High Court shall also have superintendence over all Courts and Tribunals throughout the territory in relation to which it exercises jurisdiction, as provided in Article 227 of the Constitution.

 

           The business and exercise of the powers of the High Court of Kerala are regulated by the provisions contained in the Kerala High Court Act, 1958 and the Rules of the High Court of Kerala, 1971 prescribed there-under. The High Court has Original, Appellate as well as Revisional jurisdiction in both civil as well as criminal matters apart from the power to answer reference under certain statutes. The High Court transacts its business, judges sitting single, in division and in specifically referred matters in Full Bench.

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