Sushila Karki (aka Sushila Karki Subedi, सुशीला कार्की (सुवेदी) in Nepali ) is a Justice at the Supreme Court of Neapal. She is expected to be Nepal’s first woman Chief-Justice in mid 2016.

During her tenure as a Supreme Court Justice, Sushila has given verdicts to various high-profile cases involving incumbent ministers, former ministers and senior politicians and is considered one of the few brave, competent, professional and unbiased judges in Nepal.

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Sushila Karki in 2015. Photo: Setopati Online



Native Name: सुशीला कार्की (सुवेदी)

Born: 7 June 1952, Morang

Education: BA, LLB, MA

Profession: Justice at the Supreme Court of Nepal

Early Life & Education 

Sushila Karki was born on 7 June 1952 in Shankarpur village of Biratnagar, Morang District and spent her childhood there completing primary and secondary education. In 1972 she completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the Mahendra Morang Campus, Biratnagar. After that, she moved to Banaras, India for further studies and completed a Post-Graduate Degree in Political Science in 1975 from the Banaras Hindu University. Subsequently, in 1978, Sushila completed a Bachelor in Law (LLB) degree from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, which allowed her to work as an advocate.

Professional Life

On 29 March 1979 Sushila Karki obtained a license and an affiliation to work as an advocate from the Nepal Bar Association. Apart from working as a law-practioner, she worked as an assistant teacher in Mahendra Multiple Campus, Dharan in 1985.

Sushila Served as Bar President of Eastern Zonal Court from 1988 to 1989 and as Bar President of Appeal Court Biratnagar from 2002 to 2004. On 20 December 2004, Sushila was appointed as a senior Advocate of Nepal Bar Association.

In January 2009, Sushila’s career took a new turn when was appointed an ad-hoc justice at the Supreme Court of Nepal. After less than 2 years, in November 2010, she was appointed a permanent justice at the Supreme Court of Nepal.

Sushila has also been a member of Judge Society Nepal, International Association of Women Judges and of International GLOW program.

Personal Life 

Sushila Karki is married to Durga Prasad Subedi and has a son with him, Prasant Subedi. She lives with her husband and other family members in Dhapasi, Kathmandu.

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Anna Sharma


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