Kerala High Court Acting Chief Justice Kurian Joseph has been elevated as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

The President on Monday issued the order and the swearing-in will be in Shimla on February 8.

Mr. Joseph was a member of the Academic Council of the University of Kerala from 1977 to 1978 and general secretary of the Kerala University Union in 1978. He was a member of the Senate of the Cochin University of Science and Technology from 1983 to 1985.

Mr. Joseph started practice in 1979, working as government pleader in 1987 and as Additional Advocate General from 1994 to 1996. He was designated Senior Advocate in 1996. He was on the Board of Studies of the School of Indian Legal Thought of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in 1996.

Mr. Joseph served as president, Kerala Judicial Academy, from 2006 to 2008.

He also served as the chairman of the Kerala High Court Legal Services Committee from 2006 to 2009 and was Chairman of the Lakshadweep Legal Services Authority in 2008.

Mr. Joseph is the Executive Chairman of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority. The High Court will give him a send-off at a full court reference on February 5.