The Punjab and Haryana High Court is a joint legal institution which provides for the legal and judicial needs of the Indian states both of Punjab and Haryana. This court is based out of the city of Chandigarh, which similarly serves for the capital for the two states.
Under law, the number of justices serving on the Punjab and Haryana High Court can consist of 68 people. In particular, the Punjab and Haryana High Court membership comprises of, in addition to the presiding Chief Justice, 36 Permanent members of this position and 21 so-called “Additional Judges.”
An April 2010 report on the Punjab and Haryana High Court found, however, that the court at present had only up to 47 currently sitting members. For the same period, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice position had been granted to Mukul Mudgal, which was made effective in 2009, in a term due to expire as soon as 2011.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court dates back to 1966. Its creation was the result of large changes within the organization of the Punjab and Haryana states. In addition to the legal functions filled by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, this legal institution is also noted as being based out of a celebrated piece of architecture.
The separate courts which were later merged into the single organization of the Punjab and Haryana High Court were initially created in this form in the period immediately following the securing from India of independence from the British Empire.