Hon'ble Mr. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar (DoB 07.06.1949)
Term of Office: 17.11.2009 to 06.06.2014
Born on June 7, 1949.
Educated in England from the age of 12 years.
Obtained LLB Degree from the University of London in 1972 and did Bar-at-Law from Middle Temple Inn, London in the year 1975.
Practised Law in England from 1975 to 1977.
Was Enrolled as an Advocate of the Punjab & Haryana High Court on April 28, 1977.
Practised in the District Courts at Chandigarh, Departmental Authorities, Central Administrative Tribunal, set up in Chandigarh in the year 1985. Primarily practiced in the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, specializing in Constitutional and Writ matters. Was Standing Counsel to numerous Nationalised Banks, Government Corporations, Universities and had considerable work in the field of Service and Industrial Law.
Was designated as Senior Advocate in November, 1989. Government of Punjab appointed him as an Additional Advocate General on October 13, 1995.
Was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, as an Additional Judge on April 8, 1996. Was transferred as an Additional Judge of the High Court at Bombay on April 26, 1996. Was appointed Puisne Judge of the High Court at Bombay on April 3, 1998.
Transferred back to the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh and assumed charge on August 7, 2000.
Was appointed as Chairman of Advisory/NSA Board of Punjab on 7.2.2006.
Remained as Acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh w.e.f. 3.10.2006 to 28.11.2006.
Was appointed as Executive Chairman of Punjab State Legal Services Authority on 3.11.2006.
Assumed the charge of office of the Chief Justice of the High Court at Calcutta on March 7, 2007.
Elevated as a Judge to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on November 17, 2009.
Unanimously elected as a Master of the Bench (Bencher), the Hon’ble Society of the Middle Temple, London on October 11, 2011.
Appointed as Chairman, Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee of Supreme Court in 2012.