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Hon’ble Mr. Justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye

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Hon’ble Mr. Justice Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye (born 15 November 1949) is a political and judicial figure from Bhutan. He served as Chief Justice of the High Court of Bhutan from 1991 through 2009 and as Chief Justice of the newly created Supreme Court of Bhutan from 2010 through 2014.  He also served as president of SAARCLAW, the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law, from 2011 through 2014. His public service spanned 43 years, beginning as master of household to King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and ending in constitutionally-mandated retirement at the age of 65.

During the gap between the administrations of Prime Ministers Jigme Thinley and Tshering Tobgay, he served as Bhutan’s head of government as Chief Advisor to the interim government from 28 April to 27 July 2013.