|Honourable Smt. Justice SujataVasant Manohar was the first lady to be elevated as a Judge on the bench of Bombay High Court. Her Ladyship was also the first woman Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court and took oath to Office of Chief Justice on 15th January 1994.|
Her Ladyship was born on 28th August, 1934 and was educated at Anandilal Podar High School, Bombay, Elphinstone College, Bombay, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, U.K. and Lincoln's Inn. London. Her Ladyship had a brilliant academic career and enrolled as an Advocate on 14th February, 1958 at Bombay. Her Ladyship was called to the Bar from Lincon's Inn and practised in the Bombay High Court on the Original Side. Her Ladyship was appointed Assistant Government Pleader, City Civil Court, Bombay during 1970-71. Her Ladyship was appointed as Additional Judge of the Bombay High court with effect from 23rd January, 1978 and later appointed as permanent Judge on 28.11.1978. Her Ladyship was appointed as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court with effect from 5.1.94 (A.N.) . Her Ladyship was transferred as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court with effect from 21.4.1994. Her Ladyship was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from 8th November, 1994 and retired on 28th August, 1999.
Her Ladyship Justice Sujata V. Manohar comes from a distinguished legal family Her father was Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Late Mr. K.T. Desai. Her Ladyship was one of the two High Court Judges from India selected to participate in the course on Patent Trial held at Beijing under WIPO and U.N. auspices in December, 1986.
Her Ladyship was invited as one of the five women judges from all over the world to constitute a tribunal for recording evidence and giving findings at the World Women's Congress for a Healthy Planet held at Miami, U.S.A. in November 1991, held for formulating Women's Action Agenda 21. Her Ladyship was a signatory to Declaration of Miami. Her Ladyship was also one of the three delegates selected by the Government of India to participate in the International Conference of Law, Social Development & Social Welfare held at West Berlin in 1988 under auspices of the International Council of Social Work. Her Ladyship worked on the Special Group of Family Law and was the First Chairperson of the Board of Visitors, Judicial Officers Training Institute at Nagpur. Her Ladyship was also Chairperson of the Committee of Judges set up by the Bombay High Court to establish Family Courts in Maharashtra.