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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 PRAKASH DEU NAIK


Born on 30th April 1962 at Goa. Completed his graduation from St.Xavier's College, Goa in 1983. Graduated in Law in the year 1986 from Siddharth Law College, Mumbai. Did his LL.M. from University of Bombay in 1988.

Enrolled as an Advocate on 21st July 1986.

Joined the chambers of Shri Shirish Gupte, Senior Advocate and former Additional Solicitor General. Initially started practice in all Courts in Mumbai and handled both civil as well as criminal litigation. Subsequently specialized in criminal matters.

Appeared in matters relating to prisoners' rights, illegal detention, preventive detention, parole, furlough and matters of premature release and remission. Was a member of the Committee appointed by Bombay High Court to look into the plight of prisoners and conditions in prisons in the State of Maharashtra. As a member of said committee, headed by Senior Advocates, visited several jails in Maharashtra and after inerviewing a number of under-trials and convicts/prisoners, drafted a report, relating to the conditions in prison and recommended improvements thereto.

Was empanelled as Senior Advocate by Mumbai Municipal Corporation and represented the Corporation in its various proceedings.

Was Honorary Lecturer between 1987 and 1988 at Siddharth Law College, Mumbai.

Was engaged as a Part Time Professor at Jitendra Chauhan College of Law, Mumbai.

Was a visiting Professor for the LL.M. course (1st and 2nd years), Bombay University, at Mumbai between 2011 and 2012. Delivered lectures on Criminal Law and Criminal Administration.

Elevated as Additional Judge of Bombay High Court on 17th March 2016.

 


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.