New Delhi: The Centre's plan to set up an All-India Judicial Services may not take off soon due to lack of unanimity among various states and the high courts on the issue.
"...There is a divergence of opinion among the state governments and the high courts on constitution of All India Judicial Services," Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
In a written reply, he said the proposal on the Service was included as an agenda item in the Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in April, 2013 and it was decided that the issue needs further deliberation and consideration.
The Centre's plan to create a national-level judicial service, on the pattern of the All-India Civil Services, is based on the recommendation of the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
In its 15th report, tabled in May, 2006, the committee had asked the Law Ministry to expedite steps to set up all-India judicial services to appoint district-level judges.
As of now, while most government departments have all-India service recruits, selected after the all-India competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year, judiciary is the only set-up that doesn't have an all-India selection process.
Almost all states have their own state-level judicial services, with successful candidates constituting the bulk of the subordinate judiciary.