The Narendra Modi government has revived the proposal to constitute an All India Judicial Service (AIJS) for appointment of district judges through a rigorous examination process to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
At least 4,400 judges’ posions are vacant in the subortions are vacant in the subordinate judiciary which include posts of district judges. State public service commissions, under the guidance of high courts, will continue to recruit civil judgesmagistrates for lower courts. A source said law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held two rounds of meetings with senior officials of his ministry on AIJS and instructed them to prepare a detailed proposal which could be brought before the Cabinet.
The government’s decision to revive the AIJS comes at a time when it is facing resistance from the higher judiciary on finalisation of the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts. The SC col legium has been resisting certain clauses in the MoP, including one that the government can reject any recommendation of the collegium on grounds of national security and another on constituting a screening committee in the apex court to vet candidates.
Hindustan News 24/09/2016: http://epaper.livehindustan.com/