Response to judicial service plan not encouraging

NEW DELHI, JUNE 16. Even as the Centre is keen on creating an All India Judicial Service on the lines of IAS and IPS, the response from the State Governments and the High Courts for this proposal is not that encouraging.

According to Law Ministry sources, the Government sought the views and comments of the States and the High Courts in this regard.

While only 10 States are in favour of the proposal, seven have given conditional approval and as many have opposed the idea.

Of the 17 High Courts which have responded only five have agreed with this and five have given conditional approval.

While four have rejected any such move, four have not given any opinion.

With comments from four States and four High Courts still awaited, the proposal is under the consideration of the Centre as the points raised by the dissenting States and High Courts require thorough examination.

The Centre is of the view that creation of such a service will go a long way towards national integration and in accelerating the pace of judicial reforms.

Moreover, the demand from a Parliamentary committee for providing quota for SC/STs in judiciary could be considered only if such a service is created.

Therefore, it has urged those States and High Courts which have not responded to present their views at once, so that the process of setting up the service could be initiated.