Monday, July 1, 2019

All India Judicial Service - Is it possible to establish?

Again discussion on the formation of the All India Judicial Service is gaining momentum. The Law Ministry has written letters to states and high courts across the country asking them to express their views.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that the government intends to set up AIJS to appoint lower court judges. There are still 5,000 vacancies in lower courts across the country. 

Political Experts point out that the state's stand will be a matter of view, but it could become a debatable issue in the days to come. However, law experts point out that there are no legal hurdles.

The proposal is that the applicant will give the AIJS exam for the appointment of lower court judges in a centralized manner, like the civil services and choose the choice of states in the same way as in the Civil Services Exam.

During a hearing in the Supreme Court a year ago on the issue of vacancies and pendency of cases, the Supreme Court had asked states to give views on central selection mechanism to fill the vacancy.

The court also made it clear that they did not want to tamper the federal structure, but were looking for an agency to fill up vacant posts.