The Delhi High Court is set to get its first woman Chief Justice with the Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, recommending the name of current Andhra Pradesh High Court judge — Justice G Rohini — as the next Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
At present, nine out of the 40 sitting judges of the Delhi High Court are women. The first woman Chief Justice of a High Court, Justice Leila Seth — who served as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court — was from the Delhi High Court.
The recommendation comes at a time when the High Court is monitoring the issues of women’s safety, human trafficking and crimes against women in the national capital.
Born in 1955, Justice G Rohini studied at Osmania University in Hyderabad and then at the College of Law, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. She was a reporter and then executive editor of the Andhra Pradesh Law Journals, and was appointed as a government counsel for civil matters before her elevation as a High Court judge in 2001. She was sworn in as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in July 2002.
She is presently the chairperson of the Andhra Pradesh Judicial Academy, and has earlier served on the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee. She has also headed the Andhra Pradesh State Legal Services Authority.
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Justice N V Ramana, who was recently elevated to the Supreme Court after serving as the Delhi High Court Chief Justice, was also from the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Justice G Rohini has taken up issues of protection of the girl child, working women and better relationship between the Bar and Bench during her tenure, and recently released the Handbook on Women and Human Rights at the annual day meeting of the Indian Women Network (IWN), an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She was also a part of the Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which had allowed the AP government to appoint special officers to district panchayati raj institutions, and to fix reservations in the panchayati raj institutions for backward classes.