J. Manjula Chellur, the current Chief Justice of Kerala, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court. To assume office on August 5, 2014 she will become the first woman Chief Justice of Calcutta. Originally a judge in the Karnataka High Court, and the first woman to occupy the post, J. Chellur made the Acting Chief Justice of Kerala in November of 2011. She became the Chief Justice less than a year later.
Born in 1955, J. Chellur started her career as a advocate in Bellary before being appointed as a Sessions Judge in 1988. She then became the Principal Judge of the Family Court in Bangalore before being elevated to the Karnataka High Court in 2000. While at the Karnataka High Court, J. Chellur was also the President of the Karnataka Judicial Academy for two and a half years.
This appointment comes a few weeks after the former Chief Justice of Calcutta, J. Arun Mishra was elevated to the Supreme Court along with J. AK Goel (Orissa) and Senior Advocate Rohinton Nariman.
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