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THE PUNJAB REORGANIZATION ACT, 1966

Title : THE PUNJAB REORGANIZATION ACT, 1966

Year : 1966



(1) On and from the appointed day,-

(a) There shall be a common High Court for the States of Punjab and Haryana and for the Union territory of Chandigarh to be called the High Court of Punjab and Haryana (hereinafter referred to as the common High Court);

(b) The Judges of the High Court of Punjab holding office immediately before that day shall, unless they have elected otherwise, become on that day the Judges of the common High Court.

(2) The expenditure in respect of salaries and allowances of the Judges of the common High Court shall be allocated amongst the States of Punjab and Haryana and the Union in such proportion as the President may, by order, determine.



On and from the appointed day, the common High Court shall have, in respect of the territories comprised in the States of Punjab and Haryana and the Union territory of Chandigarh, all such jurisdiction, powers and authority as, under the law in force immediately before the appointed day are exercisable in respect of those territories by the High Court of Punjab and shall, save as otherwise provided in this Part, have no jurisdiction in respect of the transferred territory.



(1) On and from the appointed day :-

(a) In the Advocates Act, 1961, in sub-section (1) of section 3, for clause (d), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:-

"(d) For the States of Punjab and Haryana and the Union territories of Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, to be known as the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana;";

(b) The Bar Council of Punjab shall be deemed to be the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana with the Advocate-General of the State of Haryana also as an ex-officio member.

(2) Any person who immediately before the appointed day is an advocate entitled to practise in the High Court of Punjab shall be entitled to practise as an advocate in the common High Court.

(3) All persons who immediately before the appointed day are advocates on the roll of the Bar Council of Punjab shall, as from that day, become advocates on the roll of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.

(4) The right of audience in the common High Court shall be regulated in accordance with the like principles as immediately before the appointed day are in force with respect to the right of audience in the High Court of Punjab:1*

Provided that as between the Advocate-General of Punjab and the Advocate-General of Haryana, the right of audience shall be determined with reference to their dates of enrolment as advocates.

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1. That is 1-11-1966.

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Subject to the provisions of this Part, the law in force immediately before the appointed day with respect to practice and procedure in the High Court of Punjab shall, with the necessary modifications, apply in relation to the common High Court.



The law in force immediately before the appointed day with respect to the custody of the seal of the High Court of Punjab shall, with the necessary modifications, apply with respect to the custody of the seal of the common High Court.



The law in force immediately before the appointed day with respect to the form of writs and other processes used, issued or awarded by the High Court of Punjab shall, with the necessary modifications apply with respect to the form of writs and other processes used, issued or awarded by the common High Court.



The law in force immediately before the appointed day with respect to the powers of the Chief Justice, single Judges and division courts of the High Court of Punjab and with respect to all matters ancillary to the exercise of those powers shall, with the necessary modifications, apply in relation to the common High Court.



(1) The principal seat of the common High Court shall, unless otherwise determined by the President after consultation with the Chief Justice of that High Court and the Governors of Punjab and Haryana, be at the same place as the principal seat of the High Court of Punjab immediately before the appointed day.

(2) The President may, after consultation with the Chief Justice of the common High Court and the Governors of the States of Punjab and Haryana, by notified order, provide for the establishment of a permanent Bench or Benches of that High Court at one or more places within the territories to which the jurisdiction of the High Court extends other than the principal seat of the High Court, and for any matters connected therewith.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), the Judges and Division Courts of the common High Court may also sit at such other place or places in the States of Punjab and Haryana as the Chief Justice may, with the approval of the Governors of the States of Punjab and Haryana, appoint.



The law in force immediately before the appointed day relating to appeals to the Supreme Court from the High Court of Punjab and the Judges and Division Courts thereof, shall, with the necessary modifications, apply in relation to the common High Court1*

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1. Punjab Courts (Haryana Amdt) Act (24 of 1978) as in force in Haryana extended to U.T. of Chandigarh with modifications

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On and from the appointed day, the jurisdiction of the Court of Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh shall extend to the transferred territory.



(1) All proceedings pending in the High Court of Punjab immediately before the appointed day shall, on that day, stand transferred to the common High Court.

(2) Such proceedings which stand transferred to the common High Court under sub-section (1) as are certified by the Chief Justice of the common High Court, having regard to the place of accrual of the cause of action and other circumstances, to be proceedings which ought to be heard and decided by the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh shall, as soon as may be after such certification, be transferred to the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing provisions of this Part, but save as hereinafter provided, the common High Court shall have, and the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh shall not have, jurisdiction to entertain, hear or dispose of appeals, applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, applications for review and other proceedings where any such proceedings seek any relief in respect of any order passed by the High Court of Punjab before the appointed day :

Provided that if, after any such proceedings have been entertained by the common High Court, it appears to the Chief Justice of that High Court that they ought to be transferred to the Court of Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh, he shall order that they shall be so transferred, and such proceedings shall thereupon be transferred accordingly.

(4) Any order-

(a) Made by the High Court of Punjab before the appointed day, in any proceeding transferred to the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh by virtue of sub-section (2), or

(b) Made by the common High Court in any proceeding with respect to which that High Court has jurisdiction by virtue of sub-section (3),shall for all purposes have effect not only as an order of the High Court of Punjab or, as the case may be, of the common High Court, but also as an order made by the Court of the Judicial Commissioner for Himachal Pradesh.



For the purposes of this Part,-

(a) Proceedings shall be deemed to be pending in a court until that court has disposed of all issues between the parties including any issues with respect to the taxation of the costs of the proceedings and shall include appeals, applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, applications of review, petitions for revision and petitions for writs; and

(b) References to a High Court shall be construed as including references to a Judge or division court thereof and references to an order made by a Court or a Judge shall be construed as including references to a sentence judgment or decree passed or made by that court or Judge.



Nothing in this Part shall affect the application to the common High Court of any provisions of the Constitution, and this Part shall have effect subject to any provision that may be made on or after the appointed day with respect to that High Court by any Legislature or other authority having power to make such provision.

Last updated on May, 2016

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