Dr. Justice Ashokkumar C. Joshi

About Me:

  • Name:

    Dr. Justice Ashokkumar C. Joshi

  • Category:

    Judiciary and Civil Services

  • Award:

  • Area:

    Judge, High Court of Gujarat


Education: Born on 24th January, 1961 at Amreli. Graduated in Microbiology from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in 1980.Obtained Law degree in the year 1985 from the Faculty of Law, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. Did LL.M. in the year 1989 from Saurashtra University and received Gold Medal in Master of Laws by securing 1st Class and stood First in the University in December, 1990.Obtained Doctorate in the subject “Constitutional Law” in the year 1995 from Saurashtra University.

Biography: Father Chimanlal Joshi was Superintendent of Customs. Initially worked as Part-time Lecturer of Law and started practicing Law from 1986 with Senior Advocate late Shri Sharadbhai Jhaveri and with Shri Bipinbhai Jhaveri, the Senior Most Lawyer at Jamnagar, (Jhaveri & Jhaveri Advocates). Appointed as Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate, First Class in the year 1991. Served as Under Secretary, GSLSA at High Court of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. Promoted as Senior Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate.
Worked as Project Officer, GSLSA at High Court of Gujarat, Ahmedabad and served at 24 x 7 at Legal Services Clinic, first of its kind in the whole world whose founder is Hon'ble Dr. Justice J. N. Bhatt, the then Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Gujarat and the then Hon'ble Chief Justice of Patna High Court and former Chairman of Human Rights Commission, Gujarat State.
Promoted as Assistant Judge and Additional Sessions Judge and also worked as Judge of the Fast Track Courts at various districts. Promoted as Additional District Judge in the year 2008. (In the cadre of Principal District Judge)
Worked as Principal Judge, Family Court at Surat and as Principal District Judge at Palanpur, District Banaskantha, Anand, Ahmedabad (Rural) and Vadodara.
During his tenure as Principal District Judge, Ahmedabad (Rural), reduced the backlog of cases from 1,20,000 to around 89,000, which was the lowest figure of pendency in a decade, with an overall disposal figures whopping over 2,20,000 cases. Not only that but also during the tenure at Ahmedabad (Rural) ranked 1st in the entire nation thrice in terms of disposal of old cases (5 to 10 years and more than 10 years old cases). While working as Principal District Judge, Vadodara, in the National Lok Adalat held on 13th July, 2019, around 27,900 cases were disposed of in a day and stood first place in the whole State in terms of disposal of cases and thereafter, also continued the efforts to reduce the backlog of the pending cases and stood first or second in the Lok Adalats in the State held thereafter. The then Hon'ble Chief Justices appreciated the disposal of cases of his Lordship's by way of appreciating letter.
Dr. Joshi attended many National and International Seminars as nominated by High Court of Gujarat.
During the tenure as Principal District Judge, at various places, he had rendered many contested judgements on various subjects and while working at Ahmedabad (Rural), total 659 Legal Literacy Camps were organized and in Vadodara, more than 1200 Literacy Camps were organized with guidance to Full-time Secretary. Dr. Joshi has written few research papers published in Gujarat Law Reporter and Gujarat Law Herald.
Prof. (Dr.) N. R. Madhava Menon, the then Vice Chancellor of NUJS, Kolkata and internationally recognized jurist and recipient of “Padma Shree” and later on posthumously “Padhma Vibhushan” and former First Director of National Judicial Academy, Bhopal during his visit to Gujarat in the year 2001 after visiting the un-precedent earthquake in Kutch appreciated His Lordship's work stating as under:
“Dr. Joshi is an asset to any organization and we owe a great deal to his kindness and selfless services during our entire visit.” Further added Dr. Joshi stayed with us as friend, philosopher and guide. Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon also published book “Turning Point” wherein also the work of His Lordship's was appreciated.
Elevated as Judge, High Court of Gujarat, on 3rd March, 2020.