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Commemorative coins on “150 years of Allahabad High Court 1866-2016”

March 18, 2016 Published by admin

150 years of Allahabad High Court

 The President,Shri Pranab Mukherjee release commemorative coins of “150th Birth Anniversary of Allahabad High Court” of Rupees 150 and Rupees 5, at Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh on March 13, 2016.  The Chief Justice of India, Shri Justice T.S. Thakur are also seen.


The Allahabad High Court was established on 11-July-1866. It has jurisdiction over the Uttar Pradesh. It is the 3rd oldest High court in India. The first being the Madras [Chennai] High Court, established on 15-Aug-1862 followed by Bombay [Mumbai] in 14-Aug-1862. All these were established under the High Courts Act of 1861.
The year 2016 is being celebrated as sesquicentennial and there are functions organized all over the year with special events from March 13th to March 17th.

Allahabad High Court, one of the oldest courts in the country, is celebrating 150th year of its foundation. The High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces came into existence at Agra under Letters Patent of the 17th March, 1866, replacing the old Sudder Diwanny Adawlat.

The seat of the High Court for the North-Western Provinces was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869 and its designation was altered to ‘the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad’ by a supplementary Letters patent issued on March 11, 1919.

Two courts i.e. the High Court in Allahabad for North Western Provinces and the Chief Court of Oudh for the districts of Oudh at Lucknow, were simultaneously functioning and were exercising the powers of the High Courts over the respective territories. After the attainment of Independence by India, the historical anomaly of existence of the two highest courts of appeal within the same province for the territories known as Agra and Oudh which had come under one local Government as far back as the year 1902 was keenly felt. By the U.P. High Court Amalgamation Order, 1948, the Chief Court of Oudh was amalgamated with the High Court of Allahabad.

On the eve of the Republic Day celebrations on the 26th January, 1950 the date of commencement of the Constitution of India, the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad came to have jurisdiction throughout the entire length and breadth of the State of Uttar Pradesh.

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