The High Court of Sikkim Museum which was once the Chief Justice’s bungalow was established in 1910 and its first occupants were Civil Surgeons appointed to Sikkim. Post merger this bungalow came to be used as Chief Justice’s residence till 2016. This residence is now converted as High Court of Sikkim Museum and was inagurated on 8th December 2017 by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph, Judge, Supreme Court of India in the gracious presence of Mr. Pawan Chamling , Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri, Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Mr. Ram Bahadur Subba, Hon’ble Minister, Law, Legislative and Parlimentary Affairs, Government of Sikkim , Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge, High Court of Sikkim.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge, High Court of Sikkim is the Judge In-charge of the High Court of Sikkim Museum Committee and Hon’ble Mr.Justice A.P. Subba, Retired Judge, High Court of Sikkim is the Chairman of the Museum Committee..
Different items of articles such as historical documents and photographs of heritage building and different locations throw light on the general history of Sikkim relating to the pre-monarchy period, monarchy period and modern period.
This gallery deals with the judicial history of Sikkim. The different historical documents and other artefacts on display reflect the history of the evolution of judicial system during the three periods of history as indicated in Gallery-I.
Brief write ups and photographs on display throwing light on the laws known as ‘Sikhim laws’ or ‘Sixteen Laws’ which are said to be founded on those spoken by Raja Melongdong, who lived in India before the time of Buddha. These laws are older than old laws of Sikkim in point of time..
Efforts have been made to present the different modes of trail and various punishments provided under the said laws in pictorial form.
This gallery deals with the recent archaeological findings, which confirms that human habitation in Sikkim dates back to the Neolithic period, i.e. 10,000 to 8,500 B.C. the archaeological findings includes Neolithic stone tools recovered from different locations in North and East districts of Sikkim along with the findings of a fossilised antelope horn in Sajong area under Rumtek in East district.
The Mock Court Room will allow visitors to experience the feeling of being inside an actual Court Room.
Documentary films, photographs and videos on Sikkim are screened.
You can view and read old Judgments of the Chief Court, High Court of Judicature at Gangtok prior to 1975, the Dewans Court and other various legal and historical books and documents here.
Books on law, non-fiction books, books on religion and magazines are available for readers and visitors.
A small sale- counter is also attached to the museum where local souvenirs are sold.