Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopala Gowda (DoB)06.10.1951
Term of Office: (DoA) 24.12.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 05.10.2016
Born on 06.10.1951 at Peddur, Chikkaballapor District in Karnataka State as son of late Shri D. Venkate Gowda and Smt. Subbamma.
Did his B.Sc. from First Grade College, Chintamani in 1971-72 under Mysore University and LL.B. from SJRLC Bangalore in 1975.
Enrolled as an Advocate on 14.11.1975 and joined the chambers of Sri K. Subba Rao and Sri S.C. Reddy, Senior Advocates, Bangalore.
Started independent practice from 1979 at Bangalore in the High Court, Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals, Civil Courts and Criminal Courts and handled Constitutional matters, Writ Petitions and cases relating to labour, service, civil, co-operative society matters, land reforms, criminal, matrimonial and all other civil matters.
Appeared for several Trade Unions, All India Associations etc. Part-time Asstt. Professor in V.V. Puram Law College from 1983-1991, taught Mohammedan Law and Labour Law. Part-time Asstt. Professor, University Law College, Bangalore in 1986-1987.
Worked as Standing Counsel for Bangalore Mahanagara Palike from 1983 to 1993 and again in 1995 till elevation as Additional Judge of Karnataka High Court and also as Standing Counsel for Karnataka Public Service Commission, Bangalore.
Was Member of the Karnataka State Bar Council and Chairman of Enrolment Committee till elevation as Additional Judge of Karnataka High Court.
Elevated as an Additional Judge of Karnataka High Court on 11.06.1997 and became permanent Judge on 03.06.1999.
Also functioned as Executive Chairman of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority appointed by His Excellency the Governor of Karnataka with effect from 23.06.2006 to 23.03.2010 and also as a Member of the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi from 07.01.2009 to 6.1.2011.
Sworn in as Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court, Cuttack on 25.03.2010.
Elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 24.12.2012.