Activities

Felicitation of employees on completion of 25 years of service and retirement

Welfare of the employees and acknowledgement of their contribution to the institution is important. On 1st February, 2022, the High Court of Orissa initiated the move of felicitating its employees who have completed service of 25 years and above.

169 employees of the High Court having completed service of 25 years and above in various cadres were felicitated by the Chief Justice and the Judges in a function held at the Odisha Judicial Academy. Thereafter, 10 more employees were felicitated in 2022 for completion of 25 years of service. Besides, 30 employees have been felicitated during the year on their retirement.

Employees who retired in 2022

Bailochan Das (Addl. Dy. Registrar (J & E))
Basudev Sahu (Peon)
Babaji Charan Sahoo (Peon)
Arun Kumar Senapati (Superintendent)
Niranjan Shukla (Addl. Dy. Registrar (J & E))
Sufala Das (A.S.R. & O.C)
Manmath Kumar Swain (Addl. Dy. Registrar (J & E))
Dhirendra Kumar Mohapatra (A.S.O.)
Mahendra Kumar Routray (Superintendent)
Priyadarshi Nayak (Addl. Dy. Registrar (J & E))
Jayanta Kumar Sen (Asst. Registrar (J & E))
Nibedita Mishra (Asst. Registrar (Judicial))
Sushil Kumar Das (Asst. Registrar (Judicial))
Biswambar Das (Peon)
Tarani Nayak (S.R. & O.C)
Prabhat Kumar Samal (Asst. Registrar (Judicial))
Bijay Gopal Behera
Ratnakar Pradhan
Bhikari Charan Barik (A.S.O.)
Pankajini Pattnaik
Debadutta Maharana (A.D.R.-cum-Addl. Principal Secretary)
Nasim Khan (Head Driver)
Baikuntha Charan Khadanga (Jamadar)
Nabaghan Mallick
Sk Bachan Alli
Rama Chandra Mishra
Sankhali Charan Nayak

Felicitation of the staff by the Chief Justice and the Judges of the High Court

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The 169 employees with the Chief Justice and Judges on 1st February, 2022

Visit by students to the High Court, Aain

Seva Bhawan and Odisha Judicial Academy

In 2022, school children from 11 institutions visited the High Court, the Aain Seva Bhawan and the Odisha Judicial Academy. These included specially-abled children. Advocates Bibhu Prasad Tripathy, Pami Rath, Sailaja Nandan Das, Saswat Acharya, Kajal Sahoo, Venugopal Mohapatra, Siddharth Sankar Padhy, Jagdish Biswal, Sagarika Sahoo, Iswar Mohanty and Aurolina Pal interacted with the visiting students.

On 30th April, 2022, there was a visit by twentyfive speech and hearing-impaired children from Shri Shri Beleswar High School for the DEAF, Cuttack along with their teachers. Shri Aditya Abhijit Nayak, teacher of the school acted as interpreter using sign language. On 27th May, 2022, there was a visit by visually challenged children from the Odisha Association for the Blind, Bhubaneswar along with their instructors. The instructors along with the High Court officials explained various aspects of judicial functioning to the children.

(Left) Sign language instructor, Shri Nayak explaining the swearing in ceremony to the speech and hearing impaired children in the New Conference Hall of the High Court on 30th April, 2022

(Right) Visually challenged children in the chamber of the Chief Justice in the new building on 27th May, 2022

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Consultation on Juvenile Justice

To explore the possible ways of effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 a one and half day Regional Consultation was organized by Women and Child Development Department, Government of Odisha and the UNICEF under the aegis of the High Court of Orissa in the auditorium of Odisha Judicial Academy on 23rd April, 2022. Five states of the Eastern Region viz. West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhatisgarh and Odisha and the stakeholders of the juvenile justice sector participated in the Consultation. Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Chairperson, Juvenile Justice Committee, Supreme Court of India inaugurated the Consultation in the presence of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairpersons of Juvenile Justice Committees of the five participating states.

Ms. Soledad Herrero, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF India Country Office, Dr. Monika Nielsen, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Odisha were the key speakers on the occasion.

The Consultation was attended by the Principal Magistrates of the Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), Presiding Officers of the Children Courts and officials dealing with Child Protection in all the five participating states including the Chairpersons of the Child Welfare Committees, representatives of SJPUs, the DCPOs and Superintendents of Observation Homes of Odisha. Representatives from NCPCR, Government of India, OSCPS, W & CD and UNICEF, NGOs, NLUO, Centre for Child Rights and members from Civil Society Organizations also attended the Consultation.

The objective of the Consultation was to explore the possible ways of effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015. Various aspects such as rehabilitation of distressed children, reformation of children in conflict with the law, revamping of observation homes, improving the child care institutions and measures to be taken for mental health of children were discussed in the Consultation.

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Observance of Lawyers’ Day, 2022 involving

all the Bar Associations of the State

The 174th birth anniversary of Madhusudan Das was commemorated in the High Court on 28th April, 2022 in a novel way. The Chief Justice and Judges of the High Court, the Advocate General, Assistant Solicitor General of India for High Court of Orissa, President and office bearers of High Court Bar Association, office bearers of all the Bar Associations of the state, District Judges and Judicial Officers of all the 30 districts of the state participated in the event in physical and virtual mode. Referring to the commitment of Madhu babu towards the downtrodden, the Chief Justice urged the young lawyers to inculcate values. Chief Justice announced in the function the High Court’s decision of felicitating young promising lawyers from all the 30 districts on the Foundation Day of the High Court.

Play staged by High Court employees

The employees of High Court staged a Odia play “Bhakta Salabega”. The Chief Justice and Judges as well as the family members of the employees and retired employees were present on the occasion. The play was organized by the Orissa High Court Cultural Society.

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Painting Competition for school children

On 12th November 2022, at each of the 30 district headquarters, school children of classes VII to X participated in a painting competition on the theme ‘Nature and Wildlife.’ 1,477 children participated. 3 best paintings were selected in each district and from among them 12 were selected by a Committee of Judges to be displayed in the ‘Judicial Calendar of Odisha, 2023’. This calendar was released on 18th December 2022 at the OJA in the presence of 3 eminent artists, Shri Prafulla Mohanti, a most eminent writer and painter of Odisha, Prof. Dr. Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, the former Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University, eminent scientist and Shri Rabi Rath, eminent painter. The Chief Justice, the judges of the High Court, former judges including former Justice I. Mahanty, former Chief Justice Tripura High Court were present in the occasion. The names of the 12 children who were felicitated with a certificate of appreciation, a medal, cash of Rs.2,000/- and books and articles worth Rs.1,000/- are:

Sibasish Das, Kendrapara

Shubha Ommkar Rath, Kalahandi

Ashirbad Das, Angul

Sai Arpita Mohapatra, Jajpur

Anindita Dash, Nuapada

Shruti Priyadarshini, Balasore

Omm Prasad Swain, Dhenkanal

Rinku Sisa, Malkangiri

Manasmita Behera, Bhadrak

Aju Sabar, Gajapati

Sonali Lenka, Angul

Priyanshi Pattanaik, Bargarh

Chief Justice & Judges releasing the Judicial Calendar on 18th December, 2022

Chief Justice, Judges, Advocate General, Deputy Solicitor General of India, Senior Advocates, President of Bar Association, Central and State Governments’ counsel and Bar members

Obituary

In 2022, 2 former Chief Justices of India, 2 former Judges of the Supreme Court of India, 1 former Judge of the High Court of Orissa, 1 former Chief Minister of Odisha, and 42 lawyers of the High Court Bar Association passed away. The High Court paid homage to each of them by holding Full Court references.

Former Chief Justices of India

Justice R.C. Lahoti

Justice K.N. Singh

Former Judges of the Supreme Court of India

Justice S. Ranganathan

Justice Deba Priya Mohapatra

Former Judge of the High Court of Orissa

Justice Purna Chandra Mishra

Former Chief Minister of Odisha

Hemanand Biswal

Members of the High Court Bar Association

Biswajeet Jena

Purna Chandra Moharana

Srustidhar Samal

Pabitra Kumar Pradhan

Soumen Bose

Nimain Charan Pattanayak

Saroj Kumar Patra

Krushnapada Bhaumik

Renubala Mishra

Jagyaseni Panda

Saroj Kumar Behera

Aruna Kumar Mishra

Umesh Pradhan

Suryakanta Sanganeria

Benudhar Sahoo

Satyabrat Dash

Narayan Dash

Bhabani Shankar Mishra

Sashikanta Behera

Shishir Kumar Jogania

Atal Bihari Mohanty

Mahadev Mishra

Gouranga Bihari Jena

Jishu Krishna Kanungo

Susil Kumar Mohapatra

Nigamananda Goswamy

Padmanava Mohapatra

Bikram Keshari Pani

Rashmirekha Sarangi

Prasanna Kumar Das

Tapat Kumar Chowdhury

Bata Krushna Panda

Dr. Ashoc Banerjee

Archana Sahoo

Ashok Patnaik

Sukumar Devdas

Ranjan Kumar Mohanty

Jiban Krushna Patnaik

Sarat Kumar Padhi

Nepoleon Sahani

Kamal Kumar Samal

Biswajit Mohanty

The 3 Judicial Officers and 2 employees of High Court of Orissa also passed away.

Judicial Officers of the State

Shibanee Acharya

Smaranika Pradhan

Subash Kumar Bihari

Employees of the High Court of Orissa

Laxmidhar Mallick, Duftary

Smt. Manisha Biswal, System Officer, Bhubaneswar