The other point of opposition is that an all India service may hamper the career progression of state judicial services officers. The Centre’s plan to create a national-level judicial service, on the pattern of the All-India Civil Services has been supported by the Law Commission and a department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has supported the idea. In its 15th report, tabled in May, 2006, the standing committee had asked the Law Ministry to expedite steps to set up all-India judicial services to appoint district-level judges.
As of now, while most government departments have all-India service recruits, selected after the all-India competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year, judiciary is perhaps the only set-up that doesn’t have an all-India selection process.
Almost all states have their own state-level judicial services, with successful candidates constituting the bulk of the subordinate judiciary. The issue was first discussed in 1960, but the plan has not taken off due to continued difference.
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