SHIVARAJ V. PATIL S/o Shri VIRUPANNA PATIL. Born on 12th January, 1940 at
Maladkai, Raichur District. Joined Bar at Gulbarga, the Divisional
Headquarters in Hyderabad, Karnataka Area on 25.7.1962 and practised there
upto January, 1979. During this period, had built up very good practice,
both on criminal and civil sides. Served as Part-time Lecturer in Seth
Shankarlal Lahoti Law College, Gulbarga from 1967 to 1975 and later served
as Honorary Principal of the same College from May, 1975 to June, 1978.
Served as Legal Adviser to Shree Sharanabasaveswarar Samasthan, Hyderabad;
Karnataka Education Society. Wrote a small book on the life of the great
Saint "Shree Sharanabasaveswara", Gulbarga. Had the opportunity of giving
several Lectures through All India Radio relating to the subjects of legal
and social importance. Having had the experience on original and appellate
sides, shifted to Bangalore for practice in February, 1979 to exclusively
practice in the High Court of Karnataka. Had fairly good practice, besides
was the Standing Counsel for the Bangalore Development Authority and for
the Central Silk Board. Also served as Advocate for Bangalore University
and Gulbarga University. In August / September, 1980, attended the
International Lawyers’ Conference at Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and Burlin
(West Germany). Again visited U.S.S.R. and European countries in
April-May, 1987 and to U.K. in 1995 and 1996, and U.S.A. in 1996, and had
occasion to visit various Courts in different countries. Was a member of
the Karnataka State Bar Council, and the Karnataka Law Reporting Council.
Was elevated as Judge, High Court of Karnataka at Bangalore on 29.3.1990.
In April, 1994, was transferred to High Court at Madras and continued as
Judge, till 27.12.1998. Was acting Chief Justice of High Court of Madras
from 28.12.98 till 19.01.1999. Assumed office as Chief Justice of High
Court of Rajasthan on 22.1.1999. Elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of
India and assumed office on 15.3.2000. Retired on 11.1.2005.