Cuttack, Jan 2: The Orissa High Court started functioning in its new eight storeyed building from Thursday.
The building was inaugurated on November 11, 2012, by the then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir.
High court registrar general J.P. Das informed that all ll the courts, including the court of the Chief Justice has been shifted to the new building. The Chief Justice would function from the second floor, the Court official said.
The new 8-storey building has been built at a cost of Rs 65 crore with1.68 lakh sqft carpet areas.
On the ground floor, one hall equipped with all furniture having two rooms has been earmarked as High Court Bar Annexe for the exclusive use of the Bar members during court hours. A separate room has been assigned for senior counsels.
As safety measure, a court official said there would be a single entry and identity cards would be necessary for entry to the new high court building till biometric cards were issued for the purpose.
Normally outsiders would not be allowed to take entry to the building. However, on recommendation of the conducting counsel, maximum two persons will be allowed with entry passes, he said.
IT may be noted that the high court was established in Cuttack on July 26, 1948. Chief Justice of the Federal Court of India H.J. Kania inaugurated it on that day with Bira Kishore Ray as the Chief Justice and three other judges.
Keeping with the tradition the color of the new building has been painted red.