Kumari Hima Kohli was appointed as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court on 7th January, 2021 after the transfer of the then Chief Justice Sri Raghavendra Singh Chouhan to the Calcutta High Court. She has been the Judge of High Court of Delhi.
Born on 2nd September 1959 in Delhi, Justice Kohli did her schooling from St. Thomas School, New Delhi and graduated in History (Hons.) from St. Stephens' College, University of Delhi. She completed her Post Graduation in History in First Division and thereafter, joined the L.L.B. course at the Law Faculty, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. On completing the law course in the year 1984, she got enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in the same year.
Was the Standing Counsel and Legal Advisor of the New Delhi Municipal Council in the High Court of Delhi from 1999-2004. Was appointed as the Additional Standing Counsel (Civil), Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in the Delhi High Court in December 2004. Has represented Government of Delhi in several important public interest litigations. Was the Legal Advisor to the Public Grievances Commission, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India, National Co-operative Development Corporation and other private organizations, banks, etc. Was a member of the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee, a statutory body constituted under the Legal Services Authority Act.
Appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi on May 29, 2006 and took oath as a permanent Judge on 29.08.2007.
Appointed as a Member of the General Council of the West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata from 11.8.2017.
Nominated as a Member of the Editorial Committee of ‘Nyaya Deep’, the official journal published by National Legal Services Authority from 07.05.2019.
Appointed as the Chairperson of the Committee of the Delhi Judicial Academy from 11.3.2020.
Appointed as the Chairperson of a High Powered Committee constituted by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi on 26.3.2020, in terms of the order dated 23.3.2020 passed by the Supreme Court of India for decongestion of jails in all States/ UTs in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Appointed as the Executive Chairperson of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority from 20.05.2020.
Appointed as the Chairperson of the Delhi High Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society from 29.06.2020.
Appointed as a Member of the Governing Council of the National Law University from 30.06.2020. Is a member of the Administrative and General Supervision Committee of the High Court. Is the Chairperson of the Delhi High Court Building & Maintenance Committee, Mediation & Conciliation Committee and the Family Courts Committee.
Apart from performing her official duties as a Judge of High Court of Delhi, Ms. Kohli took a keen interest in promoting mediation as an alternative dispute resolution forum, in highlighting the role of the judiciary in the preservation of the ecology and environment and the role of Family Courts in resolving family disputes. She has participated in and presented papers at several national and international symposiums and conferences on these subjects.
Kumari Justice Hima Kohli took oath as the Chief Justice, High Court for the State of Telangana on 7th January 2021.