Meghalaya Government


Meghalaya government

On 2nd April 1970, the state of Meghalaya became an autonomous state and later on 21 January 1972, it became a full-fledged state. The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong. The Meghalaya government takes all kinds of action following the parliament laws. The Union can direct the state government whenever it finds it necessary.

The basic structure of the government in Meghalaya is given below:

Council of Ministers

The executive authority of every state is vested in the hands of the Council of Ministers. The "Chief Minister" is its head and therefore is at the apex. The Governor of the state appoints the chief minister whereas the chief minister's advice is sought by the governor while appointing the other council of ministers The Council of Ministers together is in charge of the Legislative Assembly of the State.

Council of Ministers comprise of both the cabinet ministers as well as the other ministers of the state. The Cabinet Ministers determine the policies of the state government. The other ministers conversely attend cabinet meetings on their concerned departments as and when the cabinet considers.

Meghalaya like all the other states of India, comprise of the "Council of Ministers" who has been appointed according to their experience and efficiency. This helps in smooth functioning of the various important departments. The Council of Ministers of Meghalaya consists of 12 ministers looking after more than 50 departments.

The council of ministers of Meghalaya has the chief minister at its apex, who is the head of the body. The current chief minister of the state is Dr. Mukul Sangma, who was sworn as the Chief Minister of the state on 20th April, 2010. More than 6 essential departments are at his jurisdiction. Shri B.M. Lanong and Shri Rowell Lyngdoh are Meghalaya's Deputy Chief Ministers who also takes care of various departments of the state, from law to health.

Besides the chief minister and the deputy ministers, the council of ministers of Meghalaya consists of 9 other ministers who are in charge of other important departments. The list of ministers and their respective departments are stated below.

S.NoMinistersDesignation and DepartmentsPhone (Office)
1Dr. Mukul SangmaChief Minister Commerce & Industries, Finance, Mining & Geology, Personnel & A.R., Planning and Tourism0364 2224282, 9856080845
2Shri Rowell LyngdohDeputy Chief Minister Administrative Reforms, Elections, Home (Passport), Law, Soil & Water Conservation and Water Resources0364 2224535, 9436111005
3Shri Roytre Christopher LalooDeputy Chief Minister School Education and Literacy, Higher and Technical Education, Re-organization, Public Health Engineering, Revenue & Disaster Management0364 2224576, 9862088281
4Shri H. Donkupar R. LyngdohCooperation, District Council Affairs, General Administration and Transport0364 2226543, 9863021769
5Shri Prestone TynsongBorder Areas Development, Community & Rural Development, Forests & Environment and Parliamentary Affairs Department0364 2224284, 9862570164
6Shri Deborah C. MarakAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary, Printing & Stationery, Secretariat Administration and Social Welfare Department0364 2224579, 9863021736
7Dr. Alexander Laloo HekRegistration and Stamps, Health & Family Welfare, Information & Public Relations and Information Technology 0364 2224561, 9436103383
8Shri Roshan WarjriPWD (Buildings), Home (Jails), Home (Police)0364 2224283, 9436311857
9Shri Zenith M. SangmaExcise Housing, Sericulture & Weaving, Sports & Youth Affairs 0364 2224568, 9862155527
10Shri Mazel Ampareen LyngdohMunicipal Administration, Labour, Urban Affairs0364 2224570, 9436100281
11Shri Clement MarakArts & Culture, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Power 0364 2504061, 8014192895
12Smti. Sniawbhalang DharPWD(Roads), Home (Civil Defence and Home Guards), Legal Metrology0364 2226953, 9856040141


Current Governor of Meghalaya

The current Governor of Meghalaya is Dr. Krishan Kant Paul. fter taking oath, Mr. R. S. Mooshahary took the official charge of Meghalaya as the Governor of the state on July 08, 2013.

Dr. Krishan Kant Paul was born on February 06, 1948.

He has completed his M.Sc (Hons) Ph.D. in Fluorine chemistry from Punjab University.

He has been married to Omita Paul, the current secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee. Paul joined the IPS in 1970 and was allocated to the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) cadre.

Later, he became the Member of UPSC and served for more than five years. He has served in Administration, Law and Order, and Security Intelligence for over 42 years in the Government. He has been the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, commanding over 70,000 officers. He worked as the Chief of Police in Arunachal Pradesh for over two years.

He served as the Delhi Police commissioner from February 2004 to July 2007. The official residential address and contact details of the present Governor of Meghalaya is as follows:

Raj Bhavan

Shillong - 793 001 Meghalaya, India. Tel.: + 91 - 0364 - 2223487/ 2223001 Fax: + 91 - 0364 - 2223338 Advocate General

He is the state government legal adviser of the topmost level. In the supreme court, he can represent the government of Meghalaya in case of major cases. The advocate general can participate in the Legislative Assembly proceedings.

Political Parties

The Meghalaya political parties mainly feature the state wings of the major national level parties and many state level political parties. Although state level political parties fail to exercise much influence on the political scenario of the state due to modest infrastructural facilities and stringent ethnic agendas, which often veer on separatist ambitions, they play an important role in the coalition politics of the state and through formation of strategic alliances. Therefore the importance of state level political parties among the political parties of Meghalaya cannot possibly be denied.

The national parties of India form an important part of the political parties in Meghalaya. The Indian National Congress is the single largest presence among the political parties of Meghalaya. They are the ruling parties of the state. The way they survived the nation-wide anti-incumbency in the 2004 Lok Sabha votes in Meghalaya, show the kind of popularity that the party enjoys in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party also has a strong presence in the state.

The state level political parties among the political parties at Meghalaya are not powerful enough to form independent governments, but they often play important roles in the state's political scenario through the formation of alliances. The Meghalaya Nationalist Congress Party was formed for a brief period, but did not show the power that sincere state political parties can wield in the state. Garo National Party is devoted to the creation of a separate land for the Garos. The Meghalaya Democratic Front has emerged as the biggest state level political party in the recent times.

Meghalaya National Political Parties

National political parties in Meghalaya play an important role in the politics of Meghalaya. Although there is a prominent presence of many regional and state level parties, yet it is to the Meghalaya national political parties that the inhabitants look at for the formation of the state government as well as in the selection of parliamentary candidate. It is both singly and through coalition that the national level parties in Meghalaya play such an important role in the political scenario of the state. The Indian National Congress has the largest presence of national political parties at Meghalaya, although Bharatiya Janata Party is gradually increasing its influence in the state.

Indian National Congress is the largest of the national political parties of Meghalaya. The base and popularity of Congress has always been extremely strong in Meghalaya and the win that they registered in the last Assembly elections to become the ruling party of the state is a proof of that continuing popularity.

Bharatiya Janata Party may not enjoy the wide popularity of Indian National Congress in Meghalaya, but it is steadily strengthening its base of operations in the state. Through alliances with the various right wing political parties of the state, it remains imperative that Bharatiya Janata Party will exert a much more significant influence on the state's political scenario in the coming years.

State Level Political Parties

The Meghalaya state level political parties exercise considerable influence in the state's politics. There are many ethnic affiliations within the population of Meghalaya. Therefore the state level parties often become credible mouthpieces to voice people's demands. The state level political parties in Meghalaya were established with the same ideal. They were created with the intentions to be a necessary corrective to the policies of the national level parties to suit the local needs, as well as to play an important part in the state's parliamentary system.

The state level political parties of Meghalaya were developed to address the key issues in the lives of the inhabitants of the state. However, lack of infrastructures, funds and often organizational deficiencies have come in the way of them becoming formidable forces in the state's political scenario. Although it is difficult for most state level to form absolute majorities, yet they play an important role in the state coalition politics. However, the state level political parties at Meghalaya are almost exclusively stratified on ethnic lines and therefore almost automatically annuls any chance for widespread popularity. Some political parties are vested with out and out separatist agendas.

Meghalaya is surprisingly bereft of powerful political parties of strictly state level. The Meghalaya Nationalist Congress Party was a bread away from the Nationalist Congress Party and was soon merged with the Indian National Congress. The Garo National Party is devoted solely to the formation of a separate Garo land separate from Meghalaya. Even they fail to exert much of an influence on the political scene of Meghalaya.

Meghalaya Current Government

The Meghalaya current government comprise of :
  • The legislative
  • The Executive
  • The Judiciary
These three bodies are in-charge of the welfare and security of the citizens of the state of Meghalaya. The Meghalaya current government has a unicameral legislature. The legislative assembly consists of sixty members with the speaker and the governor at the top of the legislature. "Indian National Congress" (INC) is the party which is currently running the state of Meghalaya. Meghalaya has two representatives from Tura and Shillong represent the state in Lok Sabha. The state has one representative in Rajya Sabha.

The legislative head of the present government of Meghalaya is Governor. Dr. Krishan Kant Paul. Honorable speaker of the legislative assembly of the state is Shri Charles Pyngrope. The legislative proceedings are headed by Dr. Mukul Sangma, the chief minister. The present leader of opposition is Shri Conrad K. Sangma. The Meghalaya Legislature consists of sixty members chosen from sixty different legislative constituencies. Out of the total number of seats, fifty five are reserved for the ST candidates.

A body of twelve cabinet ministers heads the executive of the Meghalaya current government. The cabinet members function under the direction of Dr. Mukul Sangma, the chief minister. The chief minister along with the deputy chief minister and the other cabinet ministers are responsible for the proper functioning of more than 50 departments of the state. A group of secretaries and administrators are also there to help the ministers in their work.

The High Court of Guwahati exercises its jurisdiction over the state of Meghalaya. The High Court's main seat is in Guwahati and a "Circuit Bench" also functions at Shillong since the year 1974. Shillong also has the court of the session judge and district judge. Besides these, the deputy commissioner and his associates exercise judicial powers in various parts of Shillong. Courts under Khasi Syiemship exercises power over Khasi Syiemship regions. Tribal areas of the state of Meghalaya have "District Council Courts" and other secondary courts which have originated from the "Sixth Schedule" of the Indian Constitution.

District Council of Meghalaya

Each autonomous Meghalaya District Council are one of the most significant features of the state's legislature. They were brought about by the sixth schedule of the constitution. There are three autonomous district councils in Meghalaya:

  • The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council
  • The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council
  • The Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council
The autonomous district councils are devoted to safeguard the rights, traditions, practices, cultures and laws of each region. Thus each District Council at Meghalaya has its own counterpart of the legislature, executive and judiciary that are in-keeping with the customs and traditions of each area.

The Garo Hills and the Jaintia Hills autonomous District Council in Meghalaya are located on the mountains of the eastern side of the state. The Garo Hills are on the Western side of the state. The Garo hills are made up of 22 constituencies and Jaintia Hills have 29 constituencies.

The elections of each District Council of Meghalaya are intensely competed by the political parties of the state. The national parties take a keen interest in the District Council elections. Indian National Congress has a prominent presence in Meghalaya District Council elections. However, the state level parties, which fail to make much of a mark in the state assembly elections, often fare quite well in these elections. The results of the District Council elections are often clear indicators to the political atmosphere of the state and are considered to be previews to the assembly and parliamentary election results. The improvement in the performance of the Garo National Council in the Garo Hills District Council elections of 2004 is a clear indication to the increasing popularity of the state level political parties in the state and also the bright future of the party in the state.

Meghalaya State Constituencies

Meghalaya state constituencies can be mainly divided into assembly constituencies and the parliamentary constituencies. The elected members from the assembly constituencies go up to represent the area in the Meghalaya state legislative assembly, whereas the winners from the parliamentary constituencies represent their area in the Lok Sabha or the lower house of the Indian legislature. There are 60 assembly constituencies and 2 parliamentary constituencies among the state constituencies of Meghalaya.

The assembly constituencies of Meghalaya are the most representative of Meghalaya state constituencies. The 60 assembly constituencies are spread over the Garo Hills, Jaintia Hills and Khasi Hill areas of the state. Meghalaya has a wide tribal population. In keeping with the logic of demographic representation, 55 of the assembly constituencies of the state have been given reserved status, being ST seats. Five of the remaining assembly constituencies are general in nature.

The parliamentary constituencies are the most prestigious of the state constituencies in Meghalaya. The parliamentary constituencies of Meghalaya elect members to the Lok Sabha. There are two parliamentary constituencies in Meghalaya. The Shillong parliamentary constituency is bigger of the two and the Tura is the smaller.

Elections in the various Meghalaya state constituencies are fiercely fought by the different political parties of the state. The elections of Meghalaya feature most of the national political parties as well as a number of state level political parties. The national level parties usually dominate the Lok Sabha elections, but the state level parties play a very important role in the assembly elections.

Parliamentary Constituencies

Meghalaya parliamentary constituencies are two in number. The two parliamentary constituencies of Meghalaya are Shillong and Tura. The winners from the parliamentary constituencies of Meghalaya go up to represent the state in the Lok Sabha and therefore it is the most fiercely fought election in the state. Often the results of the autonomous district council elections and the waves of the assembly elections show themselves in the parliamentary elections. But, because of the cut-throat competition, the Lok Sabha elections always become the center of interest and attraction.

Shillong is one of the two parliamentary constituencies of Meghalaya. The Shillong parliament constituency is the bigger of the two constituencies, with more than 800,000 general electors and 433 service electors. Unlike the assembly constituencies, both the parliamentary constituencies at Meghalaya are general in category. Sri Paty Ripple Kyndiah of the Indian National Congress won the elections in the 14th Lok Sabha elections of 2004. He defeated his nearest competitor independent candidate Sri S. Loniak Marbaniang by a margin of over 70,000 votes.

Tura is the smaller of the two Meghalaya parliamentary constituencies. With a strength of general electors that exceed 50,000 and 69 service electors, the total number of electors in this parliamentary constituency in Meghalaya is well above the 5.2 lakh margin. Ex-Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sri Purano Agitok Sangma was the winner from this constituency. Fighting the elections for All India Trinamool Congress, Sri Sangma defeated his nearest competitor Dr. Mukul Sangma by a margin of over 72,000 votes.

Assembly Constituencies

Meghalaya assembly constituencies elect members to the legislative assembly of Meghalaya, which is the base of the state legislature and consequently to the state's governance. There are 60 assembly constituencies in Meghalaya. As many as 55 assembly constituencies of Meghalaya are reserved constituencies for the ST, whereas the remaining five constituencies are for general candidates.

Meghalaya assembly constituencies are distributed over the three district councils of the Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and the Jaintia Hills area. Given below are the names of the Meghalaya assembly constituencies:

1Nongbah - Wahiajer (ST)21Mawprem41Baghmara (ST)
2Rymbai (ST)22Laitumkhrah (ST)42Resubelpara (ST)
3Mawhati (ST)23Mawlai (ST)43Dienglieng (ST)
4Nongpoh (ST)24Pariong (ST)44Ronchugiri (ST)
5Nartiang (ST)25Shella (ST)45Tikrikilla (ST)
6War - Jaintia (ST)26Sohiong (ST)46Mahendraganj
7Jirang (ST)27Lyngkyrdem (ST)47Bajengdoba (ST)
8Sutnga - Shangpung (ST)28Mylliem (ST)48Phulbari
9Umroi (ST)29Sohra (ST)49Tura (ST)
10Raliang (ST)30Mawkyrwat (ST)50Chokpot (ST)
11Jowai (ST)31Sohryngkham (ST)51Kherapara (ST)
12Mairang (ST)32Songsak (ST)52Rajabala (ST)
13Nongspung (ST)33Nongstoin (ST)53Alamgiri (ST)
14Malki - Nongthymmai (ST)34Nongshken (ST) 54Dadenggiri (ST)
15Mawsynram (ST)35Rongjeng (ST)55Dalu (ST)
16Mawkhar (ST)36Mawthengkut (ST)56Ampatigiri (ST)
17Laban37Mendipathar (ST)57Salmanpara (ST)
18Pynthorumkhrah38Rongrenggiri (ST)58DSelsella (ST)
19Jaiaw (ST)39Langrin (ST)59Rangsakona (ST)
20Nongkrem (ST)40Kharkutta (ST)60Rongram (ST)


Legislative Assembly

The twenty first state of India, Meghalaya follows a unicameral Legislature, which is based upon adult franchise and consists of 60 members. It is constituted under section 73 of the Representation of the People Act 1951.

Presently there are 55 reserved seats and five unreserved seats in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

The 1st session of the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya took place on March 25th, 1972. The then acting speaker was Shri Jor Manik Syiem.

Governor, Speaker, Chief Minister and

Leader of the Opposition The speaker and the governor are at the apex of the legislative assembly. The present governor of the state of Meghalaya is Dr. Krishan Kant Paul whereas the speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly is Shri Charles Pyngrope. Chief Minster Dr. Mukul Sangma heads the legislative proceedings. The leader of opposition is Shri Conrad K. Sangma.

Members of the Legislative Assembly

S.No.ConstituencyMember Party
1NARTIAN (ST)SHRI SNIAWBHALANG DHARINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
2OWAI(ST)PROF. ROYTRE CHRISTOPHERINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
3RALIANG(ST)SHRI COMNGONE YMBONINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
4MOWKAIAW (ST)SHRI ROBINUSINDEPENDENT
5SUTNGA- SAIPUNG (ST)SHRI HOPEFUL BAMONINDEPENDENT
6KHLIEHRIAT (ST)SHRI JUSTINE DKHARINDEPENDENT
7AMLAREM (ST)SHRI STEPHANSON MUKHIMINDEPENDENT
8MAWHATI (ST)SHRI JULIAS KITBOK DORPHANGINDEPENDENT
9NONGPOH (ST)DR. D.D. LAPANGINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
10JIRANG (ST)SHRI LAMBOKLANG MYLLIEMINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
11UMSNING (ST)DR. CELESTINE LYNGDOHINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
12UMROI (ST)SHRI NGAITLANG DHARINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
13MAWRYNGKNENG (ST)SHRI DAVID A. NONGRUMINDEPENDENT
14PYNTHORUMKHRAHSHRI A.L. HEKINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
15MAWLAI (ST)SHRI EMBHAHLANG SYIEMLIEHUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
16EAST SHILLONG (ST)SMTI MAZEL AMPAREEN LYNGDOHINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
17NORTH SHILLONG (ST)SMTI ROSHAN WARJRIINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
18WEST SHILLONG (GEN)SHRI PAUL LYNGDOHUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
19SOUTH SHILLONG (GEN)SHRI SANBOR SHULLAIUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
20MYLLIEM (ST)SHRI RONNIE V. LYNGDOHINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
21NONGTHYMMAI (ST)DR. JEMINO MAWTHOHUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
22NONGKREM (ST)SHRI ARDENT MILLER BASAIAWMOITHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
23SOHING (ST)SHRI H.DONKUPAR R. LYNGDOHINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
24MAWPHLANG (ST)SHRI KENNEDY CORNELIUS KHYRIEMINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
25MAWSYNRAM (ST)SHRI PYNSHGAINLANG SYIEMINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
26SHELLA (ST)DR. DONKUPAR ROYUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
27PYNURSLA (ST)SHRI PRESTONE TYNSONGINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
28SOHRA (ST)SHRI TITOSSTARWELL CHYNEUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
29MAWKYNREW (ST)SHRI REMINGTON PYNGROPEUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
30MAIRANG (ST)SHRI METBAH LNGDOHUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
31MAWTHADRAISHAN (ST)SHRI BROLDING NONGSIEJUNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
32NONGSTOIN (ST)SHRI HOPINGSTONE LYNGDOHHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
33RAMBRAI JYRNGAM(ST)SHRI PHLASTINGWELL PANGNIANGHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
34MAWSHYNRUT (ST)SHRI WITTING MAWSORHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
35RANIKOR (ST)SHRI MARTIN M. DANGGOHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
36MAWKYRWAT (ST)SHRI ROWELL LYNGDOHHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
37KHARKUTTA (ST)SHRI CHERAK MOMINHILL STATE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
38MENDIPATHAR (ST)SHRI MARTHON SANGMANATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY
39RESUBELPARA(ST)SHRI SALSENG C. MARAKINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
40BAJENGDOBA (ST)SHRI BRIGADY MARAKINDEPENDENT
41SONGSAK (ST)SHRI NIHIM D. SHIRANATIONAL PEOPLE'S PART
42SONGSAK (ST)SHRI NIHIM D. SHIRAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
43WILLIAM NAGAR (ST)SMTI. DEBORAH C. MARAKINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
44RAKSAMGRE (ST)SHRI LIMISON D. SANGMAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
45TIKRIKILA (ST)SHRI MICHAEL T. SANGMAINDEPENDENT
46PHULBARISHRI ABU TAHER MONDALINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
47RAJABALASHRI ASHAHEL D.INDEPENDENT
48SELSELLA (ST)SHRI CLEMENT MARAKINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
49DADENGGRE (ST)SHRI JAMES PANGSANG KONGKAL SANGMANATIONAL PEOPLE'S PARTY
50NORTH TURA (ST)SHRI NOVERFIELD R. MARAKINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
51SOUTH TURA (ST)SHRI JOHN LESLEE K. SANGMAINDEPENDENT
52RANGSAKONA (ST)SHRI ZENITH M. SANGMAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
53AMPATHI (ST)DR. MUKUL SANGMAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
54MAHENDRAGANJ (ST)SMTI DIKKANCHI D. SHIRAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
55SALMANPARA (ST)SHRI WINNERSON D. SANGMAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
56GAMBEGRE (ST)SHRI SALENG A. SANGMAINDEPENDENT
57DALU (ST)SHRI KENETHSON R. SANGMAINDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
58RONGARA SIJU (ST)SHRI ROPHUL S. MARAKINDEPENDENT
59CHOKPOT (ST)SHRI CLIFFORD MARAKGARO NATIONAL COUNCIL
60BAGHMARA (ST)SHRI SAMUEL M. SANGMAINDEPENDENT


Committees of the Legislative Assembly

  • Business Advisory Committee
  • Committee on Public Accounts
  • Committee on Petition
  • Committee on Public Undertakings
  • Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Tribes Scheduled Castes and other

Backward Classes

  • Committee on Estimate
  • Committee of Privileges
  • Committee on Government Assurances
  • Committee on Sub-ordinate Legislation
  • Rules Committee
  • House Committee
  • Select Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Committee on Empowerment of Women

Judiciary

Meghalaya judiciary is a mix of the district benches of the Guwahati high court and the district councils formed in accordance to the sixth schedule of the Indian constitution.
While in many parts around Shillong, the circuit bench of the Guwahati High Court tries cases on the basis of the codes of civil and criminal procedures of the Indian penal codes, the more faraway regions of the Khasi and the Garo hills have cases tried according to their indigenous juridical customs.

The Shillong Circuit Bench

Meghalaya judiciary falls under the jurisdiction of the Guwahati High Court. A special circuit bench of the Guwahati High Court looks after the implementation of judiciary in Meghalaya at the areas around Shillong that fall under the direct jurisdiction of the Indian Penal code. The Sessions Judge of Shillong bench is vested with the responsibility to try out the civil cases in accordance to the code of civil procedure as laid down by the Indian constitution. The Chief Judicial magistrate supervises the criminal cases.

The present officer in charge of the district and the sessions judges' offices is also the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Meghalaya judiciary, and has the responsibility to ensure the proper functioning of the rules of the Administration of Justice in the East Khasi Hills region.

Last Updated on : January 24, 2014