In a simple but impressive ceremony, governor Urmila Singh on Wednesday administered the oath of office to Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
The ceremony took place at the darbar hall of Raj Bhawan and chief secretary P Mitra read out the warrant of appointment.
Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir was born on April 25, 1955 at Rajpora village of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. He obtained bachelors degree (BA) from Amar Singh College in 1976 and LLB <http://l.lb/> in 1978 from Kashmir University. He joined the Bar in the same year and practised in almost all branches of the law-- civil, criminal, revenue at the district court, Pulwama till May 26, 1993.
He appeared in Higher Judicial Services Examination of Jammu and Kashmir in 1992 and secured 1st position in the state. He was appointed and posted as principal district and sessions Judge, Kupwara on May 27, 1993. He was posted as principal district and sessions judge, Anantnag for three years, where the Court witnessed a rapid disposal rate and the administrative set up was put back on the right track.
In 1998, he was transferred as presiding officer, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal & Transport Appellate Authority, Srinagar and remained posted for two years there. He was posted as principal district and sessions judge, Budgam till May 2002.
He has the distinction of being the first judicial officer to be posted as presiding officer, designated court of TADA/special judge, POTA for Kashmir division in May 2002, where he remained posted for two years till September, 2004. He was posted as principal district and sessions judge, Srinagar in September 2004, till his elevation as additional judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir. He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on January 31, 2005 and later as Permanent Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on July 7, 2007. He delivered landmark judgments in all branches of the law and decided 37000 cases from January 31, 2005 to November 24, 2013.
He was transferred to the High Court of Himachal Pradesh and took over as Acting Chief Justice on November 26, 2013 and remained as such upto June 18, 2014. During this short stint, he decided 4134 cases (3928 in Division Bench and 206 in Single Bench).
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, besides others were present during the swearing-in ceremony.