Supreme court and High Court judges have shot down a government proposal for the introduction of a national level examination system to select judges on the lines of the civil services.
The Law Ministry proposal seeking to set up an All India Judicial Services to select district and high court judges has been given a cold shoulder by higher judiciary, documents show.
“The creation of such a service would help attract bright and capable young law graduates into the judiciary,” the ministry had written to the courts last year.
Only 11 of the 21 high courts responded to the ministry’s letter. Nine of them completely rejected the proposal. The Supreme Court and 10 other high courts did not even bother writing back. A majority of the courts said they felt there was no need for the creation of such a service.
The judges’ views remained unchanged even when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice sought their advice on the matter. The committee has slammed the judiciary for refusing to implement reforms which could make its functioning more transparent. “The closed system for selection is preventing meritorious candidates from becoming judges.”
The committee has asked the government to ensure that the best talent enters judiciary, despite judges’ resistance. “Creation of AIJS will attract the best of talent,” the committee recommended.