Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Assumed Office6th Feb, 2023
Retired On22nd Aug, 2023
Chief Justice of the Patna High CourtNovember 11th 2019 - February 5th 2023
Chief Justice of the Tripura High CourtNovember 9th 2018 - November 10th 2019
Acting Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High CourtApril 25th 2017 - October 5th 2018
Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High CourtMarch 8th 2007 - April 24th 2018
Advocate General of Himachal Pradesh1998-2003
Justice Sanjay Karol was born on August 23rd, 1961, in Shimla. He studied at St. Edward’s School and obtained a History Honours degree from Government College, Sanjauli. He completed his law degree from the Faculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University.
Justice Karol enrolled as an advocate in 1986 and practiced in constitutional, corporate, taxation, criminal and civil matters. Before his elevation to the Bench, Justice Sanjay Karol served as the Advocate General of Himachal Pradesh from 1998 to 2003.
On March 8th, 2007, Justice Karol was appointed as a Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the same High Court on April 25th, 2017.
Justice Karol was appointed the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court on November 14th, 2018, and the Patna High Court on November 11th, 2019.
When Justice Karol was the Chief Justice of the Patna HC, he authored a Judgment declaring the right to access a clean toilet a fundamental right and directed the construction of public toilets along State highways. As the Chief Justice of the Tripura HC, Justice Karol reduced pending cases in the State by over half, bringing the final number of pending cases down to 26,834.
Justice Karol was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on February 6th, 2023, and will serve for a 3.5 year tenure.