The Rules of the High Court of Orissa, 1948 lays down the procedures for functioning of the different branches of the Court. The High Court has two major wings: Judicial and Administrative. The administrative wing otherwise known as the Registry of the High Court has different departments further divided into various sections manned by High Court officials. The organizational structure is depicted on the facing page. It is headed by the Registrar General of the High Court. The Registrar General oversees the functioning of every wing.

In 2022, several posts in different cadres were created by the State Government on the recommendation of the High Court. Details of the posts created in the year are at Appendix-I.

There are different categories of officers and staff in the Registry;

1.Judicial Officers from the Odisha Superior Judicial Service and Odisha Judicial Service

2.Ministerial officers and staff (Additional Registrar, Joint Registrars, Additional Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars, Superintendents, Section Officers, Assistant Section Officers, Court Managers, System Analyst, Programmer, Peripatetic Stamp Reporters, Judicial Indexer, Translators, Librarian and Technical Assistants, staff of Typist, Copyist and Diarist cadres, staff of Driver cadres, Treasury Sarkar, Jamadars, Attenders, Duftaries, Cook-cum-Caretaker, Mali-cum-Chowkidar and Group-D staff);

3.Secretarial officers and staff (Additional Registrar-cum-Principal Secretary, Joint Registrar-cumPrincipal Secretary, Additional Deputy Registrars-cum-Additional Principal Secretaries, Assistant Registrars-cumSenior Secretaries, Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Senior Stenographers and Junior Stenographers);

4.Government officers and staff on deputation (Senior Technical Director and Scientist (F) of National Informatics Centre, the Chief Accounts Officer, the Medical Officers (Allopathy) and staff of the High Court Dispensary, the Medical Officer (Homeopathy) and staff of the High Court Homeopathy Dispensary and Physiotherapist;

5.Technical personnel for e-Courts project (Senior System Officer, System Officers and System Assistants);

6.Persons holding tenure posts in the High Court (Law Reporter, Research Assistants and Assistant Editor)

The Judicial Officers and the Ministerial Officers supervise the functioning of the offices in the Registry. The Secretarial officers and staff are attached to the Chief Justice and the Judges. The officers working on deputation discharge specific functions – the Senior Technical Director and Scientist (F), National Informatics Centre (NIC) look after implementation of the e-Courts projects through NIC, the Chief Accounts Officer deputed by the Finance Department of the Government looks after the budget of District Judiciary and acts as a Financial Advisor, the Medical Officer (Allopathy) and the Medical Officer (Homeopathy), both deputed by the Health Department of the Government manage the High Court Dispensary and Homeopathy Dispensary respectively.

The Government of Odisha vide notification No. 18142 dated 1st June, 2022 created 23 posts in different cadres in the establishment of High Court of Orissa for effective monitoring of the Record Room Digitization Centre (RRDC). Out of the 23 posts, 1 post of Registrar, Records is for a Judicial Officer in the cadre of District judge, 1 post of Deputy registrar, records is for a Judicial Officer in the cadre of Civil judge and 2 posts of Assistant Registrar are for Judicial Officers in the cadre of Civil judge.

Apart from the above there are persons holding tenure posts in Centre for Judicial Archives established on 1st May, 2022 for archival and research of old records and functioning under aegis of the High Court. The Centre is headed by OSD-cum-Director who is assisted by Law Consultant, History Consultant, Law Researchers (Law) and Law Researchers (History).

The Registrar General and the Officers of the Registry

Sitting from L-R - Abhilash Senapati, Registrar (Records), Suman Kumar Mishra, Registrar (Judicial), Pravakar Ganthia, Registrar (Inspection) Pratap Kumar Patra, Registrar General, Akhil Kumar Paschimakabat, Registrar (Vigilance) and Soumyak Patra, Coordinator, Arbitration Centre
Standing from L-R - Satya Prakash Ray Choudhury, Central Project Coordinator, Amaresh Nayak, Deputy Registrar (Judicial), Chhayakanta Dash, Special Officer (Special Cell), Ashish Pattanaik, Additional Co-ordinator, Arbitration Centre, Debasish Mohanty, Deputy Registrar (Administration & Protocol), Asish Kumar Sahoo Assistant Registrar (Administration), Anand Dash, Joint Registrar-cum-Principal Secretary and Santosh Kumar Dash Ray, OSD (Vigilance)

Organizational structure of the Registry

Corridor leading to Chief Justice’s Chamber

Judges’ library

Incumbency of Judicial Officers in the Registry during 2022

Job description of Judicial Officers in the Registry

1 post of Registrar (Records) in the cadre of District Judge, 1 post of Deputy Registrar (Records) in the cadre of Senior Civil Judge and 2 posts of Assistant Registrar (Records) in the cadre of Civil Judge along with support staff were newly created for Record Room Digitization Centre (RRDC).

The sanctioned strength, present sanctioned strength, working strength and vacancy of the posts presently coming under all Group cadres are indicated in Appendix-J.

Overall Staff Strength of the High Court

Entrance to the New Building of the High Court