District & Sessions Judge, a member of Superior Judicial Services of Bihar Judicial Service, is the administrative head of the Civil & Sessions Division in the state. Another officer of similar rank is posted in the Judgeship as Principal Judge, Family court. All the ministerial staff of the subordinate courts of the civil and sessions division is under the immediate administrative control of Distt. & Sessions Judge. He is also the disciplinary authority in respect of ministerial staff. All correspondence to the Hon’ble High Court & the Govt. is done in the name of District & Sessions Judge. For his administrative functioning, an officer designated as ‘Registrar’ is posted to assist him. He is normally a Senior Judicial Officer of Junior Division of the service, who is posted for his assistance. In order to assist the Distt. & Sessions Judge, a section traditionally named as ‘English Section’ works.
With respect to all other courts, also present in the Judgeship, the District & Sessions Judge is the administrative controller and ultimately he works as the friend, philosopher and guide of the Judgeship and shapes it accordingly.
INSPECTING JUDGE, PATNA JUDGESHIP
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sudhir Singh was elevated to the bench as an Additional Judge of the Patna High Court on 15th April, 2015. He was sworn in as a Permanent Judge on 20th April, 2016. After completing his schooling from Vikas Vidyalaya, Ranchi, His Lordship did his graduation in Political Science from Patna College, Patna University, Patna and LL.B. from Patna Law College, Patna University, Patna. He was enrolled as an advocate in 1991. He appeared as Central Government Counsel for the Union of India, Railway Advocate for Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), Additional Standing Counsel for the Indian Audit and Accounts Department and Assistant Solicitor General of India at Patna High Court. Predominantly, he appeared in Criminal and Writ matters. His Lordship comes from a family of legal luminaries. His great grandfather, Late Nand Kishore Prasad Singh practised at the District Court, Chapra. His grandfather, Late Baldeo Prasad Singh, Bar-at-Law, practised at the Patna High Court, Patna and was the President of the Barrister’s Association for a long period of time. His father, Justice N.P. Singh, is a Former Judge of The Supreme Court of India and was also the Chairman of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.
DISTRICT & SESSIONS JUDGE, PATNA
Sri Sunil Dutta Mishra, District & Sessions Judge, Patna