Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary was sworn in as a judge of the Himachal Pradesh high court on Saturday. He was administered oath of office by acting chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir.
Prior to this, justice Chaudhary was serving as an additional judge at the high court.
Justice Chaudhary was born in an agriculturist family on March 12, 1958 at Lohara village of Mandi District. He studied law from Himachal Pradesh University in 1983 and was enrolled as an advocate on May 10, 1983.
He had appeared in the high court in civil, criminal, constitutional, labour, company and service matters. He also held various key posts in the Bar Association from 1986 to 1995.
Before his elevation to additional judge at the high court on January 21, 2012, justice Chaudhary had served various important posts of the state judiciary. He was registrar general-cum-principal secretary to chief justice from October 2010 to January 2012.
He had also served the high court in various capacities - district and sessions judge (inspection); registrar (rules); and registrar (vigilance); besides, having served the union ministry of justice as the central project coordinator of the e-courts project.
Justice Chaudhary was district and sessions judge at Hamirpur, Kullu, and Lahaul and Spiti divisions.
He was also the president of district consumer disputes redressal forums of Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts.