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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Pitches for SC/ST Quota in Judiciary

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Dec 2018 12:00pm

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Pitches for SC/ST Quota in Judiciary

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday spoke on introducing reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the judiciary, through an all-India judicial service entrance exam conducted by the UPSC.

While speaking at an event organised by the All India Lawyers Board in Lucknow, Mr. Prasad has said that a judicial service exam conducted by the UPSC, could provide reservation for SCs and STs which would help create a pool of well-trained judicial officers from the deprived sections and improve the judicial system’s representative character.

The Union Law Minister further told TOI:

The judicial services examination, if conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, can be on the lines of the intake for the civil services where there is reservation for SCs and STs. Those selected can be allotted states to serve in and reservation will create opportunities for well-trained judicial officers from deprived sections, who will, over time, rise to higher positions.”

The Law Minister also said that, “A well organised judicial service can attract talent from our law schools and young, well-informed judicial officers at the level of additional district judge will make a difference. As ADJs and district judges, they can help make the judicial system move faster and more efficiently.”

Mr. Prasad’s idea was welcomed by the Food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who said that the move to introduce a judicial service with provision for reservations for weaker sections would help meet a long-pending demand.

Mr. Prasad’s statement comes just a few days after Niti Ayog, in its report titled "Strategy for New India @ 75", also mooted an all-India judicial services examination on a ranking basis, in order to maintain high standards in the judiciary.

The report has suggested:

The selection process may be entrusted to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for a cadre of lower judiciary judges (first induction level), Indian Legal Service (both centre and states), prosecutors, legal advisors, and legal draftsmen. This will attract young and bright law graduates and help build a new cadre that can enhance accountability in the governance system.”

Source: LiveLaw

Tagged: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad   Ravi Shankar Prasad   UPSC   SC and ST Reservation in Judiciary   All India Lawyers Board   Lucknow  
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