Justice Sonia Gokani Sworn In As Chief Justice Of Gujarat HC

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Justice Sonia Gokani Sworn In As Chief Justice Of Gujarat HC

| Updated: February 16, 2023 20:19

Justice Sonia Gokani is officially appointed as the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court on Thursday. Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office to Justice Gokani at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar, Justice Gokani became the first woman judge to be appointed to the post at the high court, just a few days before her retirement on February 25.

On February 12, her appointment was approved by the Centre. Justice Gokani had been serving as Chief Justice (Designate) since February 13. Her appointment came as Justice Aravind Kumar was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Justice Gokani, the 28th Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, will retire on February 25, making her tenure the shortest in the court’s history.

On February 17, 2011, she was promoted to an additional judge of the Gujarat High Court in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and confirmed as a permanent judge on January 28, 2013.

On July 10, 1995, she was appointed as a judge at Ahmedabad’s city civil and sessions court, where she presided over various civil and criminal cases.

Justice Gokani also worked as a judge for the special court set up under anti-terror laws and conducted important matters from 2003 to 2008. She also served as a special judge in cases involving the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Before joining the judiciary, she worked as a part-time lecturer at Jamnagar’s Shri K P Shah Law College and was a member of the district consumer disputes redressal forum for nearly five years.

In March 2008, Justice Gokani was appointed to the Gujarat High Court as registrar (recruitment) for the recruitment of judicial officers up to the cadre of district judges. 

In the swearing ceremony assembly speaker Shankar Chaudhary, judge of Supreme Court Justice Bela Trivedi, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and state Law and Justice Minister Rishikesh Patel were present.

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