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Law Minister moots idea of National Level Judiciary Entrance Test for ‘Talent Infusion’ into Lower Judiciary

June 12,2018:

On Monday, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, while blaming higher judiciary for the vacancies in Subordinate Judiciary, proposed a National Level Entrance Test for “Talent Infusion” into the Lower Judiciary.

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ravi Shankar Prasad  Pic Source: Indian Express

Law Minister stated that,“Neither the government of India nor State Governments have a role to play in these vacancies” while pointing to nearly 5,000 posts of judicial officers lying vacant across the country.

He however clarified that he was not pitching for a National Level Judicial Service on the lines of All-India Services like the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service.

Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that Examination would allow the pool of talented young lawyers who graduate every year from National Law Universities get into the judicial service.  Thus, it should be a robust All-India competition to get the best talent.

Law Minister Prasad was speaking at launch of the website and mobile app for Nyaya Vikas, which is a programme launched by the law ministry to monitor the progress of development of judicial infrastructure in real time. The app and website were developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), using remote sensing technology.

Appointments to the lower judiciary in the states are made by respective HC’s either directly or with the help of State Public Service Commissions.

Government has in the past proposed an All-India Judicial Service involving Union Public Service Commission a statutory and autonomous body responsible for recruitments to All-India Services and Military Services.

He concluded by stating that, it is aimed at “talent infusion” into Subordinate Judiciary, exam would be open to serving judicial officers as well.

Source Hindustan Times

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