All India Judicial Service: Law Minister Seeks Suggestions From States, High Courts

In a bid to further the proposal of a having a national level examination for recruitment of judges in the country, the Central Government has sought the stand of all State Governments and the High Courts on the creation of an All India Judicial Service (AIJS).

As per the report published by the Economic Times, the Law Ministry has sent out letters on the proposal on June 19 to all the State Chief Secretaries and High Courts to “furnish views, comments, observations at the earliest.”

The Law Commission had recommended the formation of AIJS in its 116th Report released back in 1986. In 1992, the Supreme Court had ruled that the recommendations of the Law Commission “be examined expeditiously and implemented as early as possible” by the Centre.

The proposal to create an AIJS has thus been making rounds for some years, yet no significant development has happened till date due to the difference in opinion among stakeholders.

The Central Government, in 2016, had told the Delhi High Court that the Centre and the judiciary had been in a deadlock over the issue. The Court was also informed that no progress had been made since the topic was discussed at the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of the High Court held in April 2015.

The creation of AIJS was also formally discussed by the Law Ministry in January 2017.

In December last year, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a PIL petition seeking the creation of All India Judicial Services on the ground that its creation could not be done through a judicial order.

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