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NATIONAL JUDICIAL SERVICE NEED OF THE HOUR

Subject: Teaching Methods and Research Methodology

Submitted To: Dr. Vijender Kumar Submitted By: Ann Thania Alex Roll No. 2009-10 LL.M 2009 Semester I

NALSAR University of Law, Justice City, Hyderabad

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgement Table of Cases Table of Statutes Table of Abbreviations Chapters

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1. Introduction to Indian Judiciary..1-2 2. Threats to the Subordinate Judiciary...3-7

2.1 .Back-Logging of Cases.3-4 2.2. Lack of Equipped Judicial officers.4-5


2.3 Lack of Infrastructure..5-6 2.4 Corruption...6-7 3 4 5 6

Members of the Judiciary Vs Society..8-9 National Judicial Service Need of the Hour..10-11 National Judicial Service - A Longstanding Dream12-14 Framework of National Judicial Service...15 Analysis and Criticism..16-17 Conclusion and Suggestions.18

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I express my heartiest gratitude towards our respected teacher and guide Prof. Vijender Kumar, for sparing valuable time and discussing the issues relating to formatting. I would also like to thank the help and support of the Librarian and staff of the NALSAR University.

Ann Thania Alex Roll No. 2009-10 LL.M 1st year (1st Semester)

TABLE OF CASES

1. All India Judges Association v. Union of India


2. C. Ravichandran Iyer v. Justice A.M. Bhattacharjee 3. O.P. Bhandari v. Indian Tourism Development Corporation Limited

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TABLE OF STATUTES

1. The Constitution of India, 1950

1, 3, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18.

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TABLE OF ABBREVIATIONS

1. AIJS : All India Judicial Service. 2. AIR : All India Reporter. 3. Art. : Article. 4. Edn. : Edition. 5. Etc. : Etcetera. 6. IAS : Indian Administrative Service. 7. Ibid. : Ibidem. 8. Ltd. : Limited. 9. / 11. P. 12. PP. 13. % 14. SC : Or. : Page. : Pages. : Percent. : Supreme Court. 10. Ors. : Others.

15. SCC : Supreme Court Cases. 16. Supra. : Above. 17. UPA : United Progressive Alliance. 18. V.
19. Vs.

: Versus. : Versus.

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CHAPTER - I INTRODUCTION TO THE INDIAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM

True Administration of justice is the finest pillar of good governanceGeorge Washington. Indian Judiciary which is the icon of integrity of the largest democracy of the world has always been a matter of pride to people of India. For years, it has been the stalwart of justice. The judges of our country have contributed to the annals of world judicial history through their jurisprudential wisdom and interpretation of different fields of law. The Indian legal system could be considered as a three tier mechanism constituted under the Constitution of India1. They are the: (1) Supreme Court which is the apex court of the country. (2) High Courts established in each state to regulate the judicial system and matters of

adjudication at the state level and


(3) Subordinate Courts which forms the bedrock of the judicial system.

The Subordinate Courts consists of the District and Session Courts which are vested with both original and appellate jurisdictions and other courts of specific original civil and criminal jurisdictions like munsiff courts, magistrate courts and sub courts. Though the system at subordinate level may sound trivial, the same constitutes the root of our judicial system2. Notwithstanding the fact that the higher judiciary has assumed more respect and status over the years, the plight and practices prevalent in the lower judiciary has not been commendable. Thus, unless and until a sweeping change is brought in the lower judicial system, the judiciary of the country could not be considered to be the optimised blend of legal knowledge, integrity and ethos. For achieving this purpose, it is necessary to analyse the requisites that are lacking in the lower cadres of judicial administration. The threats to which the lower judiciary may surrender

Part V. Chapter IV, Part VI. Chapter V and VI of the Constitution of India respectively deals with the Union Judiciary, High Courts and Subordinate Courts. 2 AR. Lakshmanan, Subordinate Judiciary - The Root of our Judicial System, VOICE OF JUSTICE, 2006 edn., pp.60-67.

itself are also worth mentioning. The proposals and efforts for creation of a National Judicial Service should be examined at this backdrop. In this project, the author attempts to look into the fall outs and flaws inherent and administered on the system. Following this, efforts are made to understand the circumstances which demand the establishing of a National Judicial Service and the efforts which are being carried out to implement the same.

CHAPTER II THREATS TO THE SUBORDINATE JUDICIARY


2.1. Back-logging of Cases: This has been one of the major factors setting black marks on the performance of the lower judiciary over the years. A recent addressing of President Pratibha Patil, as is given below represents the national concern over the matter. One of the major issues confronting the judiciary is the huge backlog of cases. Cases have taken inordinately long time to come to conclusion and litigants have not been able to lead normal life unsure of the verdict in their case. Backlogging results in delayed justice which can be equalised to denied justice. It prevents the economic and social justice guaranteed to members of the society, by way of the preamble of the Constitution and also the duty of the state to grant speedy justice by way of Art. 39A of the Constitution. This does not mean that speedy disposal of the cases should be the sole intention of the judiciary. What matters is the judicious and wise disposal of the pending matters. Otherwise, it may result to the realisation of the saying justice hurried is justice buried. The former Prime Minister of the country also expressed his views while addressing the Conference of Chief Justices where he referred to maintaining of accountability by the judiciary to ensure the speedy disposal of large number of cases pending. In 2005, there were 2.78 crore cases pending in the lower courts. In effect, more than 80% of the backlog happens in the subordinate judiciary3. As former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah pointed out recently, the disillusionment with the judicial system has led to a dangerous increase in Jan Adalats or kangaroo courts in many parts of the country. According to the CJIs report, the arrears increased in the high courts from 27.5 lakh cases in 1999 to 36.5 lakh cases in 2006. In the subordinate courts, the arrears increased over the same seven-year period from 2 crore

Maheshwari, An Over View of Delay in Judicial System, available http://www.maheshwariandco.com/articles/DELAY%20IN%20JUDICIAL%20SYSTEM.pdf last viewed September 21, 2009.

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cases to 2.48 crore case. Thus, the arrears grew by 33% in the high courts while they grew by 24% in the subordinate courts4. This problem could be attributed to (a) insufficient number of judges (b) insufficient number of efficient judges (c) insufficient number of supporting staff or (d) insufficiency inherent in the system, like lack of infrastructure etc. Former Chief Justice Dr. A.S. Anand referred to acute shortage of courts as the single largest factor for accumulation of arrears in subordinate courts. Hence forth, 502 crores were allocated for setting up of fast track courts all across the country, wherein short term training programme has been arranged5. Thus, it should be analysed as to the existence of backlogging irrespective of the induction of fast track courts and other mechanisms into the system. In other words, our query should start from the concern as to whether the system is so tabooed that even the different measures adopted for preventing backlogging has not resulted in success. 2.2. Lack of Equipped Judicial Officers: The effectiveness of any system would depend upon the quality which would be exhibited by the members of the said system. The same had been currently found lacking among the subordinate courts of our country. The development of new fields and practices in law should be available at the judges end for the safe disposal of the cases. In effect the lack of judicial education which prevents the judges from applying prudent discretion in a case, which can result in backlogging also should be dealt with a feeling of urgency, so that the litigators and justice to them would not stand to lose. The importance of judicial education has been reiterated by Dr. Justice A.R. Lakshmanan while delivering a speech at the School of Judicial Administration and Rajasthan Judicial Academy on 9th April 2005, that Judicial education has become a principal tool to promote accountability to the judiciary6. In the words of Paul M. Lee, Judicial education is one of the most effective and perhaps an indispensable means for enhancing free administration of
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Judiciary Equally to Blame for Backlog available at http://egovindia.wordpress.com/category/courts-in-india/ last viewed on September 21, 2009. 5 500 Fast Track Courts set up since April: Jaitley, August 11, 2001 available at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/500-fast-track-courts-set-up-since-April Jaitley/articleshow/141266380.cms last viewed on September 21, 2009. 6 AR. Lakshmanan, Subordinate Judiciary - The Root of our Judicial System, VOICE OF JUSTICE, 2006 edn., pp.60-67.

justice7. The lack of proper legal education is actually placing the poor litigants and the judges in a mud pool from which salvation could be attained only if a mechanism is brought in to address the issue. The factors which have resulted in this crisis may be (a) lack of a system to ensure uniform admissions to subordinate judiciary all over the country (b) different criterion for appointment and promotion to judiciary as practiced in different parts of the country (c) non existence of a system to provide proper training and orientation to the lower court judges. Though National Judicial Academy was constituted as per the recommendations of the 54 th Law Commission Report, its working and efficiency would reach maximum utilisation only if the benefits reach even the lowest cadre of the judiciary which provides the basis for the prudence of the High Court and Supreme Court judges. 2.3. Lack of Infrastructure: Another chaos experienced by the judicature of the country is the lack of adequate infrastructure and facilities available at its disposal for the smooth running of the institution. This would also include the lack of sufficient number of judges and staff and such other reasons. In 2002, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre that the judge-population ratio be raised to 50 per million in a phased manner. Indefensibly, successive governments have not done enough to address this issue; in the Tenth plan, the judiciary was allocated a mere 0.078 % of the total expenditure, a small crumb more than the 0.071 % assigned in the Ninth Plan. Even in this 21st century, there are small courts in the country which renders justice from inadequate locations and conditions. Another situation is regarding the allowances given to judicial personnel which were not satisfactory until the same had been reviewed by the recent Pay Commission8. All these are the out product of extreme bureaucratism which exists in our country along with inadequacy of funds allocated during budget sessions and governmental disorganisation. All this would prompt one to think in favour of a dissociation of judiciary from the executive to a greater extent than what is presently existent in our country. This dream would materialise only if the different wings of the government acknowledge the sanctity of the justice delivering process. The
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Ibid. SC seeks response on three-fold salary hike for trial judges available at http://www.indianexpress.com/news/scseeks-response-on-threefold-salary-hike-for-trial-judges/495131/ last viewed on September 21, 2009.
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practices followed by other country across the world would help one to analyse the pros and cons as existent in the system. 2.4. Corruption: Corruption among members of the bench would undermine the justice delivering process in the country. Justice is at the hands of the judiciary and if the justices cannot be trusted wholeheartedly, then democracy may even result in a chaotic anarchy. The society looks upon to have trusted officers of integrity who acts befittingly. Thus it is the duty of the subordinate judiciary to keep up to the judicial ethos and live a disciplined life. Judicial corruption not only knocks judges of perceived pedestals, but also erodes the respect for law. Irrespective of the existing laws prevalent in the country, the weeds and chaffs from the judicial set up could not be removed. If this is not possible even with judges with Supreme Court and High Courts of the country, it could be easily stated that the mechanism existing for regulating the acts of the subordinate judiciary is mostly inadequate. The opinions as suggested by the Supreme Court of India in the following two cases are worth noticing. In C. Ravichandran Iyer v. Justice A.M. Bhattacharjee9, the Supreme Court suggested an in house method which is non-transparent, time consuming and uncertain. The need for an alternative method of getting rid of judges of doubtful integrity is being felt acutely, it is possible to root out corruption in the Judiciary if a provision is made in the Constitution for premature retirement of public servants in public interest on the ground of doubtful integrity regardless of the length of service put in. The power to retire will have to be in the hands of the Judiciary itself to maintain its independence. In the case of the subordinate judiciary, this can be done by amending the service rules. The view expressed by the Supreme Court in O.P. Bhandari vs Indian Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. and Others10 suggests that such a provision will be valid. Getting rid of a black sheep alone is not enough. The resultant vacancies must be filled up by the most deserving young men and women by amending the rules of recruitment at the entry point. Five national Universities are functioning in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Kolkata and Jodhpur. In addition, there are a number of law schools with five-year degree courses attracting equally bright students. They are all imparting legal education of a high quality and their products are a class apart. To tone up the quality of justice at the level of subordinate judiciary, it is necessary to induct fresh law graduates who have done well in the five-year degree course as Civil Judges/Magistrates straightaway after
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(1995) 5 SCC 457. AIR 1994 SC 1294.

giving intensive training for at least one or two years at the National judicial Academy, Bhopal. In addition, if a provision is made for fast track promotions at reasonable intervals, depending upon their overall performance, merit and integrity as in the case of All India Services11. It should be kept in mind that corruption is in the highest order among the lower courts of the country due to the (1) fallacy in appointment and promotion (2) lack of an effective body to regulate the appointments and functioning of the lower courts etc. Thus this problem could be brought in grasp only if the mechanisms are strengthened. Notwithstanding the above mentioned, in many a situations, the judges cannot be bluntly alleged with cases of corruption. Happenings may be the tumultuous result of inherent defects in the system and the diminished esteem attributed to the members of the lower judiciary. All these decisions and suggestions would lead one to discussions about a national level effort to curb the problem. Thus, in effect, it should be kept in mind that if the judiciary of the country is to prosper, works should start from the bottom level. It is so because, the lower court judges of today may be holding the highest offices of justice on a future day.

CHAPTER III MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY VS SOCIETY


In order to effectuate the revamping of the judiciary into a better institution championing dignity, it is essential to understand as to what the society expects from the judiciary. Judiciary is the only wing of the government which is comfortably accessible to all the laymen of the country. To put it otherwise, in many matters concerning existing policies of the government, it echoes the public acceptance or resentment against the same. It is the societys support which gave the impetus for the judges to work in the lines of judicial activism. The Bench is the last bulwark of individual freedom.

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Bala Nikit, Setbacks in Indian Judiciary available at http://www.indlawnews.com/display.aspx?4586 last viewed on September 12, 2009.

The society expects the judiciary to protect them from the random attacks caused by unconstitutional acts of legislature and executive. The people of India, by enacting the Constitution have given the power to the judiciary to interpret the Constitution in furtherance of justice. They look out for a fair play from the side of the bench, which would thereby enhance their standards of life in the society. All these points out to one conclusion. That is the society believes that the judiciary would protect the rule of law system in the country, without undermining their trust in the system. Thus, any indication as to the misuse or non use of the judicial powers would result in pubic upheaval against the status and independence of judges. Maintaining the integrity of judges can be guaranteed only by protecting the rights which is constitutionally vested with them. Likewise, owing to the above said reasons, the public is deeply concerned about the appointments and promotions given to the officers in the judicial cadres. As Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer pointed out, The path of justice is a public process and the public are deeply interested in the grounds on which and the organs by which judicial appointments are made12. This has become a tough task during the recent days due to the excessive intervention of the other two wings of the government and their reluctance to grant more esteem and powers to the higher judiciary towards appointing, training and regulating the entire judiciary of the country. This was one of the reasons which prompted the legal minds of our country to work for the establishment of a National Judicial Commission. Though the idea is not exactly in par with setting up of a National Judicial Service, the same could be considered as a good precursor. Thus, unless the appointment and performance of the appointed judges is not upto the expectations of the prudent society, the same would result in distrust in the system. At the wake of this century, where the criticisms aimed at the higher and subordinate judiciary has increased manifold, there is less time for action, so that the societys trust in the system could be maintained.

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V.R. Krishna Iyer, A National Judicial Commission - A Command for Reforms, RANDOM REFLECTIONS, 2004 Edition.

CHAPTER IV NATIONAL JUDICIAL SERVICE NEED OF THE HOUR


The problems of lack of infrastructure, equipped officers, delay in disposal and corruption along with other associated problems like inconvenience in accessibility etc made the think tanks of the country to ponder over the not so good plight of the judiciary of the country. The necessity of coming up with a National Judicial Service could be deciphered from the following observations Justice Rajindra Sachar recently wrote, of course, the negative aspects of arrears and long delays .have cast a shadow on the present legal system while the patronage of political bosses has largely vanished, the patronage of the robed bosses has not improved the quality of the judges selected. In short, there is a case for a National Judicial Commission beyond coterie13.

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Though the National Judicial Commission was a bit more different concept, lines of similarity could be drawn between the two.

Another dimension for need of Judicial Commission is that as Francis Bacon said place of justice is a hallowed place; and therefore not only the bench but the foot pace and precincts and surprise thereof right to be preserved without scandal and corruption..14 Proposals for creation of a National Judicial Service or an All India Judicial Service were necessitated by these challenges. Likewise, such a mechanism of National Judicial Service will protect the vast number of fine judges and weed out the unworthy minority. The States Reorganisation Commission has observed that creation of All India Service would be a major compelling necessity for the Nation and it has suggested that a proportion of the Higher Judiciary should be recruited by competitive examination at All India Level so as to attract the best of our young graduates to the Judicial Service. Once the modalities and procedures of such a body are scrupulous and solemn becoming of high purpose, there is no need to fear that judicial independence will be jeopardised or intimidatory tactics will vitiate the instrumentality into an oppressive organ.

CHAPTER V NATIONAL JUDICIAL SERVICE A LONGSTANDING DREAM


The concept of a National Judicial Service would moot the idea of setting up of a national commission towards the selection of a uniform judiciary all over the country, thus promoting the central state relation bond. The provisions in Chapter VI of Part VI of the Constitution deals with the subordinate courts over the country and the control which the High Court can exercise over the lower courts. The idea of All India Judicial Service was introduced by the insertion of Art. 312(3) and (4)15 into the Constitution through the 42nd amendment. The below given features were identified with the said provision.
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V.R. Krishna Iyer,A National Judicial Commission - A Command for Reforms, RANDOM REFLECTIONS, 2004 Edition. 151 Article 312(3)&(4) of the Constitution on All India Judicial Services reads as follows: - Article 312(3) reads (3) The all India judicial service referred to in clause ( 1 ) shall not include any post inferior to that of a district judge as defined in article 236. (4) The law providing for the creation of the all India judicial service aforesaid may contain such provisions for the amendment of Chapter VI of Part VI as may be necessary for giving effect to the provisions of that law and no such law shall be deemed to be an amendment of this Constitution for the purposes of article 368.

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1. The subordinate courts or subordinate judiciary is a State subject. The appointment of the members of the subordinate judiciary is to be made by the Governor. However such appointment is to be made in the case of district judge, in consultation with the High Court and in the case of other posts, in consultation with the Public Service Commission and the High Court. As matter of practice, selection of district judges is made by the High Court on the basis of which, formal order of appointment is issued by the Governor. In case of Munsiff or Magistrates, the selection is made by the State Public Service Commission and the concerned High Court acting together and orders of appointment are issued by the Governor on the basis of such selection. If the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) declares by resolution supported by not less than two-third of members present and voting that it is necessary or expedient in the national interest to do so, Parliament may by law provide for creation of an All-India Judicial Service common to the Union and the States and also to regulate the recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to such All-India service. This proviso is made notwithstanding the provisions contained in chapter VI of Part VI of the Constitution. However, the All-India judicial service cannot include any post inferior to that of district judge16. The law made by Parliament providing for creation of AIJS as contemplated by Clause (3) of Art. 312 may contain such provisions for the amendment of chapter VI of Part VI, as may be necessary to give effect to the provisions of that clause but no such law shall be deemed to be an amendment of the Constitution within the meaning of Art. 36817.
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First recommendation was made on this regard by the 14th report of the First Law Commission18. The Commission found that the formulation of an All India Judicial Service is necessary in the interest of the subordinate judiciary. Following the Law Ministers Conference in 1960 wherein arguments for and against this proposal was taken into account, the matter remained in the shelf. Though the Chief Justices Conference in 1961, 1963 and 1965 assented towards the same, there were difference of opinions between different state governments and High Courts. Again the same was suggested in March 1972 by the then Chief Justice of India as a way to improve the quality of the subordinate judiciary. Further the 8th Law Commission19 recommended the formation of an AIJS while rendering its 77th report20 after examining the

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Art. 236 of the Constitution of India. NATIONAL COMMISSION TO REVIEW THE WORKING OF THE CONSTITUTION A Consultation Paper on All India Judicial Service available at http://lawmin.nic.in/ncrwc/finalreport.htm last viewed on September 12, 2009. 18 The First Law Commission was headed by Justice M.C. Setalvad. 19 Established in 1977, under the chairmanship of Justice H.R. Khanna who was later replaced by Justice P.V. Deekshit. 20 1978.

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problem of arrears in the Court. However, while the same matter came for consideration in its 116th report21, three valid objections were raised against the same namely22:(a) inadequate knowledge of regional language would corrode judicial efficiency both with regard to understanding and appreciating parole evidence pronouncing judgments; (b) promotional avenues of the members of the State judiciary would be severely curtailed causing heart burning to those who have already entered the service and manning of the State judicial service would be adversely effected; and (c) erosion of control of the High Court over subordinate judiciary would impair independence of the judiciary. However, these objections were rejected as unsubstantial. The Commission compared the status of an officer under AIJS to that of an IAS officer and thereby the judicial officers should learn another language in addition to the language with which he or she is conversant. As regards the second objection, the Commission held that as per the rules existing in different states, about 50% of the vacant seats are made available for personnel with promotional prospects and therefore direct recruitment would be applicable only to the remaining seats. As regards the third objection, it was held that if an AIJS comes into picture, the only difference would be that instead of reporting promotion or disciplinary action to the Governor (as is done now) everything would be intimated by the High Court to the National Judicial Commission. Besides the Law Commission also described about the desirability of coming up with AIJS in terms of method of recruitment, holding of examinations, scales of pay, initial pay, seniority, probation, training etc. Green signal to the formation of an All India Judicial Service was also given by the Supreme Court in the All India Judges Case23 wherein the Supreme Court granted certain reliefs to the subordinate judiciary for improving their service conditions. The Supreme Court also directed that the service conditions of the subordinate judiciary should be uniform in all States and Union Territories. The Court held that the feasibility of the implementation of the
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116th Law Commission Report was rendered under the chairmanship of Justice D.A. Desai in 1986. Forum for Judicial Appointments, November 1986, available at lawcommissionofindia.nic.in/101169/Report118.pdf last viewed on September 11, 2009.
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All India Judges Association v. Union of India, AIR 1992 SC 165.

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recommendations of the Law Commission may be examined expeditiously and implemented as early as possible. It is in the interest of the health of the judiciary throughout the country that this should be done. However, in spite of the above mentioned, National Judicial Service continues to be a dream for reasons best known to the bureaucracy.

CHAPTER VI FRAMEWORK OF NATIONAL JUDICIAL SERVICE


The First National Judicial Pay Commission headed by Justice Jagannatha Shetty had invited the views and comments on the methodology of constituting an All India Judicial Service. After considering the various views, the Commission submitted its report in 1999 which contained the following recommendations, which could be considered as the basic framework of the National Judicial Service:The AIJS should be constituted only in the cadre of District Judges as per provisions of Art. 312 (3) of the Constitution. The District Judges directly recruited and promoted should constitute the AIJS. ii. The selection for direct recruitment should be by the National Judicial Commission or Union Public Service Commission and the promotees by the respective High Courts. iii. The qualification for direct recruitment to AIJS should be in conformity with that prescribed under Art. 233(2) of the Constitution. iv. Service Judges also should be allowed to compete for recruitment of AIJS, by appropriately amending Art. 233(2) of the Constitution. v. Not exceeding 25% of the posts in the cadre of District Judges in every State should be earmarked for direct recruitment. vi. The age limit for recruitment to AIJS should be between 35 years to 45 years. vii. The procedure for selection shall be by written examination followed by viva voce. viii. Appointment: The National Judicial Commission / UPSC, after selecting the candidates for direct recruitment to the cadre of District Judges, must allocate to the States / UTs, the candidates equal to the vacancies that are surrendered by them. The High Court thereupon will recommend those names to the Governor for appointment as per Art. 233 of the Constitution. ix. Training: The prescribed training is only after the appointment. x. Seniority: All India seniority is as per the ranking in the select list. 13 i.

Inter-se Seniority in the State/UT: The inter-se seniority between direct recruits and promotees shall be determined according to the date of allotment and date of promotion. Such direct recruits must thus be annexed to the respective State Judicial Service within the three-tier system. xii. Court Language: Recording of the deposition should be: (1) Regional Language (to be recorded by the Court Officer); and (2) English (by the Presiding Officer).

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CHAPTER VII ANALYSIS AND CRITICISM


It was already mentioned that National Judicial Service still remains as an orphaned dream. For understanding the reasons for the same, an insight into the pros and cons claimed by the stake holders and interested persons would be of benefit. Presently the criticisms24 leveled against the formulation of an AIJS are (1) It may lead to the erosion of the powers of the state which do not have much of the powers under its dispensation as of now (2) direct recruitment of eligible candidates to the post of district judges may result in a situation where young and inexperienced hands may have to deal with the matters of great importance and stake. (3) If such personnel are appointed as District Court Judges at a very young age, there are greater chances of them reaching the High Courts and Supreme Court prematurely, where they may have to deal with completely different matters when compared with that of the District Courts, which will put such personnel into further misery and trouble. Of the above mentioned criticisms, as per the findings of the Review Commission second problem could be tackled by mandating the age limit of 35 for direct recruitment to the post of District Judges. The Commission had also posed another suggestion regarding the feasibility of removing Art. 312 (3) whereby recruitment and appointment of the whole subordinate judiciary including the munsiffs and magistrates could be down by the National Judicial Service Commission. These may be interpreted as the reasons for preventing the setting up of a National Judicial Service. In spite of the criticisms, what that should be kept in mind is that, upon stressing on the establishment of such a mechanism, the interest of the public is only getting

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reinforced. Thus the same could be considered as a facet of separation of powers which is the hallmark of every federal system. There are no two opinions that the judiciary has served the country well in difficult times. It has produced judges of outstanding integrity and ability. The people of India have confidence in the judiciary because it has functioned independently and impartially25. Likewise, by establishing an All India Judicial Services, uniformity of appointments, qualifications, remunerations and standard of life could be guaranteed to the judicial fraternity. Moreover, it also sufficiently increases the esteem of the profession. The observation made by the Supreme Court in All India Judges Case26 is worth mentioning. The Judicial Service is not service in the sense of employment. The Judges are not employees. As members of judiciary, they exercise the sovereign judicial power of the State. They are holders of public offices in the same way as the Members of the Council of Ministers and the Members of the Legislature "and".........Under the Constitution, the judiciary is above the administrative executive and any attempt to place it on par with the administrative executive has to be discouraged. Thus, to analyse the issue what is felt is that, it is the duty of the wings of the government to promote a constructive interpretation and analysis of the situation to ensure that justice delivery is not hampered by indigent factors which may loot away the pride of the judiciary. The independence granted to judicial mechanisms all across the world should be taken into account. At this demanding hour, it is in the right interest of justice to work towards re-organization of the judicial regulatory mechanism.

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H.R. Bhardwaj, Judicial Reforms, LAW, LAWYERS AND JUDGES. All India Judges Association v. Union of India, AIR 1992 SC 165.

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CHAPTER VIII CONCLUSION AND SUGGESTIONS


To conclude, the formation of a National Judicial Service is to be favoured for the progress of justice delivery system in the country. The present UPA Government is deliberating upon the formulation of a five year programme for improving the judicial system to ensure the rendering of justice with minimum delay thereby to bring the National Judicial Service in lines with the Indian Administrative Service. In order to ensure the well functioning of the judiciary and the welfare of the judicial officers, the following could be suggested.
a. All India Judicial Services should include even the lowermost tier of the subordinate

judiciary. Though this may lead to a condition where the state loses its power to an extent, even then the same must be preferred for the future good of the country (That is Art.312(3) and (4) must be removed).
b. A National Judicial Service Act must be enacted by the Parliament in order to maintain

the independence of the judiciary. It will also prevent repetitive attacks on the Constitution in the name of amendments. c. A strict periodical review must be conducted regarding the performance of judiciary. d. Periodical training must be imparted to the officers of different tiers.
e. The appointment and promotional matters as coming under AIJS should be carried out in

a fair manner and in order to ensure that reviews may be conducted.


f. In many parts of the world, the laymen are given the right to approach a Judicial

Performance Commission or Judicial Ombudsman wherein they can complain against the judicial officers if there had been situations of dissatisfaction about the judicial conduct. Such a mechanism would improve the accountability of the judiciary. Creating such a provision as part of the AIJS would favour the steady functioning of the judiciary. 16

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