J U D G E S
Sitting List w.e.f. 31st July 2023
JUSTICE MAHESH SHARADCHANDRA SONAK
Born on 28th November, 1964. Completed school education from Don Bosco High School, Panaji, Goa; B Sc. from Dhempe College of Arts & Science, LL.B. from M. S. College of Law, Panaji, Goa (affiliated to Bombay University) in First Class. Portuguese Language Diploma awarded by Xavier Centre of Historical Research. Enrolled as an Advocate on the rolls of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in October 1988 and practiced at Panaji Bench of the High Court of Judicature, Bombay in civil & constitutional law, labour & service law, environmental law, commercial & tax laws, company law and public interest litigations. Additional Standing Counsel for Central Government, Special Counsel for State Government and Statutory Corporations. Elevated as Additional Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Bombay on 21st June 2013.
JUSTICE BHARAT PANDURANG DESHPANDE
Born on 7th December 1962 at Nagpur. Completed the schooling education in C.P. and Berar High School, Ravinagar, Nagpur. After completion of graduation from G.S. College of Commerce and LL.B. from University College of Law, at Nagpur, joined the Bar in the year 1987 and practiced as an advocate at Nagpur. Appeared in various courts, including High Court of Bombay, Bench at Nagpur, District Court, Labour and Industrial Courts etc.
Selected for the post of Civil Judge, Senior Division in Goa Judicial Service in the year 1996 and joined at Ponda, Goa.
Promoted to the post of Additional District Judge in the year 2002. Worked as Special Judge, N.D.P.S. Court, President - Children's Court, Registrar (Judicial), High Court of Bombay at Goa, Member Secretary, Goa State Legal Services Authority and President Wakf Tribunal.
Posted as the Principal District and Sessions Judge, North Goa, Panaji and joined on 7th April 2014 and worked at the said position till April, 2017. Was later transferred and posted as Principal District and Sessions Judge, South Goa w.e.f. April, 2017 to June, 2021. Transferred and posted as Principal District and Sessions Judge, North Goa w.e.f. June 2021 to June, 2022. Elevated as Additional Judge of Bombay High Court w.e.f. 6th June, 2022.
Has keen interest in sports like Basket Ball. Represented Nagpur University for three years in Basket Ball.
JUSTICE VALMIKI SA MENEZES
Born on 29th July, 1967 in the village of Goa Velha in Taluka Tiswadi, Goa. Completed School Education from Sharada Mandir High School, Miramar, Panjim, Goa; B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature from Dhempe College of Arts & Science, and LL.B. Degree from M. S. College of Law, Miramar, Panjim, Goa.
Enrolled as an Advocate on the Roll of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa on 25th August, 1992 and joined the Chamber of Senior Advocate Shri Manohar S. Usgaoncar, Former Additional Solicitor General of India and Former Advocate General of the State of Goa.
Practised at the High Court of Bombay at Goa in Civil and Constitutional Law, Labour and Service Law, Environmental Law, Commercial, Tax and Company Laws, Public Interest Litigations and law relating to Portuguese Civil Code. Also practised before the District and Sessions Courts of North and South Goa Districts, Industrial Tribunal and Administrative Tribunal at Goa. Former President and Secretary of the Goa High Court Bar Association.
Takes keen interest in Sports and Outdoor activities, specially in Football, Swimming and Martial Arts. An avid reader of History, Natural Science and Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Elevated as Additional Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Bombay on 19th July, 2022.