SC for centralised system for lower judiciary appointments

SC for centralised system for lower judiciary appointments

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday indicated that it was inclined to go ahead with a proposal for a centralised selection mechanism for appointment of judicial officers in the subordinate judiciary even if there was no amicable consensus among various the high courts and the states.
It said that if the need arose it might accord a day-long hearing on the issue on August 22 to resolve the objections of various states and high courts to the proposal.
“We are inclined to pass an order after reaching an amicable consensus. If the objections persist, we may still pass the orders,” a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.
The bench, also comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and A M Khanwilkar, tried to assuage the concern of various states and high court, saying there would be no breach and interference in the federal structure.
“We are trying to do some service to the nation. It is nobody’s gain. No country can progress if there is no functional and effective judiciary. No person from abroad would like to come to India and contest his case for 15 years.
Citizen should have confidence in the judiciary,” it said.
It directed the apex court registry to send a “concept note” of the proposal allaying the objections to all the registrars general of the high courts and the secretaries of the law ministries of all the states.
The bench said that the high courts and the law ministries of the states should put the concept note on their websites to seek suggestions from the public and after analysis forward it to the apex court before August 17.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, representing the Centre, suggested that examination for subordinate judiciary should have a commercial law paper in the syllabus.

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