Today, the Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivastava administered the oath to two new judges, namely Justice Shubha Mehta and Justice Kuldeep Mathur.
The swearing-in ceremony is noteworthy because this is the first time in the history of the Rajasthan High Court that a husband-wife duo will be sitting at the High Court at the same time. Notably, Justice Shubha Mehta is married to Justice Mahendra Kumar Goyal, who was elevated to the Bench on November 6, 2019 and has been serving as the Rajasthan High Court judge since then.
The Rajasthan High Court has a total sanctioned strength of 50 Judges, which includes 38 permanent and 12 additional judges. Presently, there exist no additionally appointed judge working in the High Court. With the new appointments, the working strength of the High has now increased to 27
Justice Kuldeep Mathur has been appointed from Advocate's quota while Justice Shubha Mehta has been appointed from Judicial service quota.
The Centre had notified the appointments of the two judges on June 3, 2022.
WOMEN REPRESENTATION AT RAJASTHAN HIGH COURT
With the appointment of Justice Shubha Mehta today, the High Court has received its 12th female judge. The High Court now has two female judges, including Justice Rekha Borana. Notably, no female Chief Justice till date has been appointed since the establishment of the Rajasthan High Court in 1949.
Earlier this year, the Rajasthan High Court had conferred senior designation on 26 Advocates in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 16(2) of the Advocates Act, 1961 and the Rajasthan High Court (Designation of Senior Advocates) Guidelines- 2019.
The list comprises of only one women Advocate, i.e. Gayatri Rathore, who was appointed from Jaipur Bench.
Moreover, in response to a query, the Ministry of Law and Justice had recently informed the Lok Sabha that from January 1, 2021 till March 30, 2022, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended 39 women for appointment as High Court Judges, out of which 27 women were appointed and remaining 12 cases are under various stages of processing.