Official sources indicated on Sunday that the central government is likely to try again to reach an agreement with states to establish an all-India judicial service.
According to official sources, the creation of the All-India Judicial Service (AIJS) is expected to be on the agenda of a projected meeting between Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and State Law Ministers in November.
The sole item on the meeting’s agenda that has been disclosed so far is judicial infrastructure.
A properly designed All-India Judicial Service, according to the central government, is critical to strengthening the country’s entire justice delivery system.
Through a competent all-India merit selection method, the All India Judicial Service (AIJS) would be able to induct adequately qualified new legal talent.
It will also address the problem of social inclusion by allowing for appropriate representation of marginalised and disadvantaged groups, according to successive law ministers.
A statute might be needed to create an all-India judicial service that would use an entrance exam to appoint officials for subordinate courts.
Soon after Independence, the idea of creating an all-India judicial service along the lines of the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service was proposed.
The AIJS clause was included into Article 312 of the Constitution in 1976 as part of the 42nd amendment. However, a statute would be required to settle on its broad features.
Various high courts and state service commissions are now conducting tests to hire judicial officials.
To select judges for lesser courts, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) might administer a standardised admission exam.
The government thinks that if such a service is established, it would aid in the development of a pool of brilliant individuals who can subsequently join the higher judiciary, which includes the 25 high courts and the Supreme Court.
Source: The Hindu