Ahmedabad: A judge in the state would not be
allowed to continue in one place for more than three years, as per the policy formulated by the Gujarat High Court.
According to a recent circular on Policy and
Modalities of Transfer and Posting of Judicial Officers?,
transfers of judges in the state will henceforth take place
only once a year, but no judge will be continued in a place
for more than three years.
"A judicial officer will be allowed to continue at one
place against one post or other post for about three years,"
the circular says.
"Except in case of administrative exigency, a judicial
officer may be transferred at any time from one post to
another post or from one place to another."
The rule will apply to the judicial officers from
magistrate to the district judge.
A judge can seek posting at a particular place, but will
have to inform the authorities two months in advance about the
preference. Also, the new-comers will not get the benefit of
this concession for the first posting.
The High Court has created three zones, and transfers
would take place between these zones. Those judges who are
transferred to their preferred place, will not be entitled to
transfer allowance, the circular adds.
If a judge wants to make representation against his
transfer order, he will have to join service at the new place
first. A judge can not approach any authority in such matters
except by way of official representation, it adds.