In the absence of chief secretary Asha Swarop, officiating chief secretary Harinder Hira read out the warrant of appointment of the new chief justice of Himachal Pradesh.
Those who attended the swearing in ceremony included chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, speaker Tulsi Ram, congress state president Kaul Singh Thakur, Lokayukta Bhawani Singh, judges of the high court and other dignitaries.
Following transfer of Justice Jagdish Bhalla as chief justice of Rajasthan High Court in August, 2009, Justice RB Mishra, the senior most judge has been the officiating as the acting chief justice of Himachal, since then.
Prior to be appointed chief justice of Himachal, Justice Joesph, who had been appointed as a judge of the High Court in August 200, was the acting as chief justice of Kerala High Court after his predecessor justice SR Bannurmath retired on 23rd January.
Born November 1952, Justice Kurian is a graduate from the Kerala Law Academy, Thirunavanthapuram. He began his legal practice in 1979 and was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1996. Justice Joseph was appointed as Additional Advocate General of Kerala from 1994 to 1996.