SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra administered oath of office to Justice Gita Mittal as Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan Saturday. With her assuming office, Justice MIttal became the first woman chief justice of the state.
The Warrant of Appointment was read out by the Registrar General of the High Court.
After administering oath, Governor congratulated Justice Mittal and wished her a highly successful tenure as Chief Justice of the State High Court.
First Lady Mrs Usha Vohra, former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, Advisors to Governor, and serving and retired judges of Supreme Court and J&K High Court; civil and police officials were present on the occasion. Senior advocates, Justice Mittal’s family and a large number of her friends were also present.
In its 90-year long history, J&K High Court never had a woman judge but the appointment of Sindhu Sharma as first women judge last week, and now Justice Gita Mittal as first women Chief Justice has broken the jinx.
In July 2004, Justice Gita Mittal was called as an Additional Judge for Delhi High court and confirmed as a permanent judge in 2006. She remained as an acting Chief Justice at Delhi High court before her appointment as Chief Justice of J&K High Court.
Mittal has extensively written on ‘Access to Justice’; protection of human rights; impact of incarceration on women; corporate social responsibility; death penalty; impact of religion, culture, tradition on judging; corporate laws; procedure and intellectual property litigation and environmental laws and issues.
Justice Mittal has also served as a member of the Committee Against Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place, Working Conditions and Welfare Committee For Judicial Officers/Staff of High Court and District Courts among others.