Thiruvananthapuram: Acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court Antony Dominic was sworn in as the chief justice of Kerala on Friday. Kerala governor P Sathasivam administered the Oath of Office in the presence of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Raj Bhavan.
Chief secretary Paul Antony read out the presidential order appointing justice Dominic as the chief justice.
Senior High Court judges, judicial officers, cabinet ministers, political leader and high-ranking police officers attended the event.
Justice Dominic, a native of Ponkunnam near Kanjirappally in Kottayam district, is the first Keralite to occupy the top post in 17 years. Justice K K Usha, who occupied the chair in 2001, was the last Keralite to hold the position.
Justice Dominic did his law at SDM Law College, Mangalore. He started legal practice as a lawyer at the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Kanjirappally in 1981. Later, he shifted to the Kerala High Court in 1986.
Justice Dominic became an additional judge of the Kerala High Court in 2007. Within a year, he was elevated as permanent judge of the Kerala High Court.