Hon'ble Chief Justice Shri.P.D.Dinakaran: Born on 9th May 1950, After his early education at Arakkonam, North Arcot District (Vellore District), he graduated in Science (Chemistry) from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai and obtained Master Degree in Political Science and Public Administration and Bachelor of Law Degree from Madras Law College.
He enrolled as an Advocate on 25.08.1976; practiced in Madras High Court – both in the Original and Appellate Sides; Writs – Service matters, Labour Law, Civil and Criminal matters. He also practiced in the State and Central Administrative Tribunals at Madras.
He was a Legal Adviser and Standing Counsel for Pondicherry University and for several State owned Corporations, such as Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC). Tamil Nadu Sugar Corporation, Tamil Nadu Sugar Federation Limited, Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers Federation (Aavin), etc. He was also standing counsel for various religious institutions, such as Churches of South India, Madras Diocese and Coimbatore Diocese and Sri Subramania Swami Temple, Turuttani and for several Local Bodies, Educational Institutions, Teacher’s Federations, Agriculturists Associations, Marketing Societies and Social Organisations.
He was appointed as Additional Central Government Standing Counsel at High Court, Madras in the year 1992 and dealt with cases pertaining to External Affairs, Customs, Central Excise, Telephones, etc. till he was elevated as a permanent Judge of the Madras High Court on 18.12.1996.
During his tenure as the Judge of Madras High Court he disposed of 72795 cases in various branches of law, viz., Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Labour and Industrial Law, Service Law, Tax Law, Civil and Criminal Law, Revenue Law etc. On 08.08.2008 he assumed office as the Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka.