Hon’ble Justice Shri N. Kotiswar Singh was born on 1st March, 1963 at Imphal, Manipur, to (Late) Justice N. Ibotombi Singh of the Gauhati High Court, who had also served as the first Advocate General of Manipur and Smt. N. Gomati Devi.
On completion of his schooling from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, West Bengal and Pre University Course in Science from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University with B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science in 1983. Obtained his Degree in Law (L.L.B.) from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1986. Enrolled as an Advocate in 1986. Attended the six months’ “Commonwealth Young Lawyers’ Course” under the University of London in 1992.
After a brief practice in the Supreme Court of India, shifted practice under the Gauhati High Court, the then common High Court of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Also practiced in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati and the Subordinate Courts in Manipur. Was the Standing Counsel for various Government Departments, Government of Manipur, and public undertakings/institutions. Also appeared before a number of Commissions in Manipur constituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952.
Designated as a Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court on 31st March2008.Served as the Advocate General of the State of Manipur from 03rd November 2007 till elevation to the Bench.
Sworn in as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 17th October 2011 and as a Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 07th November 2012. Appointed as a Judge of the Manipur High Court upon its creation with effect from 23rd March 2013. Appointed to perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur w.e.f 01st July 2017 till 08th February 2018, again from 23rd February 2018 till 17th May 2018.
Participated in the World Congress on Justice for Children from 28-30 May, 2018 at UNESCO, Paris. Was part of the 8(eight) High Court Justices team to attend “Workshop on Counter Terrorism Phase-II Training” at Washington DC and Orange County, California from 10-14 September, 2018.
On transfer to Gauhati High Court, assumed charge as a Judge, Gauhati High Court on 11th October 2018. Presently, Executive Chairman of the Assam State Legal Services Authority and Central Authority member of National Legal Services Authority and a member of the Governing Body of National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.
Took charge of Chief Justice (Acting) w.e.f. 21st September.2020.