RATNAGIRI DISTRICT COURT
INTRODUCTION OF DISTRICT COURT, RATNAGIRI :
The District Court, Ratnagiri was established in the year 1867 and Mr. J. R. Naylor, ESQ I.C.S. was the first District Judge.
Initially, Sindhudurg District was a part of Ratnagiri District till its formation i.e. 25th January, 1997.
The Statue of District Judge, Late Shri. Mancharje Pestanji Khareghat is placed on the Dais of the District Court, Ratnagiri who served in Ratnagiri District from 1895-1900 and 1904 – 1910 as District Judge. The road proceeding towards the Court has been given the name of District Judge Mr. Khareghat as“KHAREGHAT ROAD“.
Mr. Ravindranath Tagore, brother of District Judge, Thakur (Tagore) resided in the bunglow of the District Judge during 1886 - 87. While his stay in the said bunglow he wrote poetries sitting on the stone bench situated on the northwest side of the bunglow facing the Arabian Sea. The said bench is still in existance.
The silver plated sceptra still exist in District Court, Ratnagiri.
THE IMPORTANT TRIALS IN RATNAGIRI DISTRICT COURT AREAS FOLLOWS :
1) Cases against Senapati Bapat were conducted in the District Court, Ratnagiri.
2) Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, had attended the Court for conducting the matter of Murder from Malvan Tehasil at Ratnagiri District Court.
JUDICIAL SETUP OF RATNAGIRI DISTRICT :
This District is situated on the Eastern coastal side of the Arabian Sea. There are in all 09 Talukas consisting of Ratnagiri, Rajapur, Lanja, Sangmeshwar, Chiplun, Guhagar, Khed, Dapoli and Mandangad. The District Court is situated at Ratnagiri having the Court of Adhoc District Judge-1 and Additional Sessions Judge, Civil Court, Senior Division, Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, two Courts of Joint Civil Court, S.D. and three Courts of Joint Civil Judge, Junior Division. At the taluka places, at Khed there is a Court of District Judge-1 & Additional Sessions Judge, while at the remaining talukas there are the Courts of Civil Judge, Junior Division and J.M.F.C. Court of Joint Civil Judge, Junior Division at Dapoli, Khed and Chiplun except at Mandangad. Two Gram Nyayalaya Courts are established at Pali ( Ratnagiri District) and at Mandangad. For the Appellate Jurisdiction the District is divided into two parts. The Appellate Jurisdiction for District Court, Ratnagiri consist of Talukas viz. Ratnagiri, Lanja, Sangmeshwar and Rajapur. while the Appellate jurisdiction for Additional District and Additional Sessions Court, Khed consist of Talukas viz. Dapoli, Khed, Mandangad, Guhagar, Khed and Chiplun.
OTHER RELEVANT IMPORTANT INFORMATION :
This District has a historical background from where many national leaders arose. The prison cell where Shri. Swatantra Veer Sawarkar was kept is still preserved. So also the birth place of Lokmanya Tilak situated in the City is preserved as a national property. The Palace of King Thiba of Brahmadesh who was kept under Nazarkaid during the British rule is still preserved as national property. The only Temple in the Country of Lord Parshuram is situated at Chiplun about 98 k.m. from Ratnagiri. So also the pilgrimage place of Ganpatipule having the wast seashore is situated at about 25 k.m. from Ratnagiri (Via Are-Ware). This District has forts such as Ratnadurg, Purnagad, Mahipatgad, Jaigad, Mandangad, Govalkot (Chiplun). So also the district is blessed with rich natural beauty having clean and beautiful beaches.