Administrative Setup

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.



Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashutosh Kumar was born on 1st October 1966. After his schooling from St Michaels’ High School, Patna, he graduated from St. Stephens’ College, Delhi University. Justice Kumar did his LLB. from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University. Enrolled as an advocate on 9th July 1991, at Patna High Court. As an advocate Justice Kumar has appeared in important criminal matters including matter related to convicts on Death Row. He was a Government Pleader for the State of Bihar for a short period. He has been elevated as a judge of Patna High Court on 15th of May 2014. He was transferred to Delhi High Court on 07th January 2015 and was repatriated again at Patna High Court on 24th November 2017.



Sri Sunil Dutta Mishra, District & Sessions Judge, Patna


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