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SC pushes for NEET-like all-India test to pick judges

PUBLISH DATE 10th May 2017

Pushing for major judicial reforms to bring uniformity in the selection process and curb the practice of favouritism and nepotism in selection of judges in lower judiciary , the Supreme Court has decided in principle to introduce a common test for selection and sought suggestions from states and Union territories on the mode of implementation.

Although creation of All India Judicial Services was proposed in 1960, it could not be implemented due to stiff opposition from various state governments. Even the Law Commission in its various reports has favoured creation of AIJS but it was not considered to be practical by some state governments and high courts and the proposal was shelved.

As state governments and HCs have not been able to fill vacancies in lower judiciary and there have been allegations of favouritism in selection process, the SC favoured introduction of a central selection mechanism under which a common test would be conducted on all-India level by a central agency.

Taking suo motu cogni sance of a letter written by the Centre to the apex court asking it to introduce single window test for selection of judges, a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar, Justice A K Goel and Justice A M Khanwilkar said it had held consultations and decided in favour of the common test. The bench said the test would be conducted in the pattern of the common medical examination NEET.

It said the central agency would be tasked to conduct the test and prepare a merit list. “We want a centralised system for selection process.But the common test would not tamper with the federal structure and appointment would be done by states,“ the bench said. It sought response from states and UTs on introducing the one-window test.

The court noted that there was no uniformity in selection process and the common test would set a common minimum standard for judges across the country . It said after clearing the exam students could opt for the state of their choice and state governments would appoint them.The bench asked solicitor general Ranjit Kumar if it should go the “whole hog“ in implementing the common test or implement it in a phased manner.