Sc To Consider A Common Exam To Select Judicial Officers
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-12

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The Supreme Court will soon examine a proposal for having “singular examination” under a centralised selection mechanism to select judicial officers, to fill up vacancies in subordinate judiciary, which stands at over 20 per cent of the sanctioned strength.

A ‘concept note’ on the matter has been prepared by senior advocate Arvind Datar, who has been appointed amicus curiae (friend of court), to assist the apex court which has on its own taken up the task of evolving the centralised selection mechanism to deal with large vacancies in the lower judiciary, which is affecting speedy disposal of cases.

The note also highlighted that the sanctioned strength of district and subordinate judges in India at present is approximately 21,000, and out of these, nearly 4,800 positions are lying vacant.

The Supreme Court had on August 4 indicated that it was inclined to go ahead with a proposal for the central government-funded CSM even if there was no amicable consensus among various high courts and the states, and had said that if the need arose it might accord a day-long hearing on the issue later this month to resolve the objections to the proposal.

The ‘concept note’ made public by the apex court has given details of vacancies in subordinate judiciary and has proposed to have a District Judges Recruitment Examination (DJURE) under the CSM to make the process of appointment smooth.

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