First Female Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Nepal is Sushila Karki (Download PDF)


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Justice Sushila Karki (63) has been selected for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the country by the Constitutional Council of Nepal. She will become 26th chief justice of the apex court and the first female in Nepal’s history with this appointment.

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Sushila Karki new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nepal

  • But her nomination is likely confirmed by a Parliamentary Hearings Committee which sanctions the reference.
  • She will replace Kalyan Shrestha due to his retirement from the top post.
  • She will serve for 1 year till her retirement in June 2017 upon reaching the age limit.

About Sushila Karki

  • She was born on 7th June 1952 in Biratnagar.
  • In 1978 she received bachelor’s degree in law from Tribhuvan University.
  • She completed her post graduate in political science from Banaras Hindu University.
  • She is currently serving as senior most judges in the Supreme Court of Nepal.
  • She is member of the International Association of Women Judges from 2010.
  • At the Supreme Court she was appointed ad-hoc justice (judge) in January 2009 and as permanent justice on November 18, 2010.
  • She had served as a senior advocate prior to her appointment as judge of Supreme Court in 2009.
  • In 2004 she got the title of senior advocate.
  • For a term until 2004 she also had served as President of the Appellate Court Bar Association Biratnagar.
  • She is also well known for human rights activist until her selection to the Supreme Court and was connected with the Human Rights Organization and Amnesty International Nepal.

Appointment Process

  • The president of the country appoints the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council if the Parliamentary Hearings Committee endorses the recommendation according to the new Constitution of Nepal.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 14, 2016


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