- Apprentice Lawyer
The Supreme Court today sought the response of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government in a petition challenging the precondition of three years of practice as an advocate to be eligible to write the Civil Judge exam in the State.
A Vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Aniruddha Bose issued notice to the State government but refused to stay Rule 5(2)(a)(i) of the Andhra Pradesh State Judicial Service Rules of 2007, which lays down the above condition.
The petition filed by Regalagadda Venkatesh also sought quashing of a December 2020 notification inviting applications for appointment of Civil Judge (junior division) in AP.
During today's hearing, the Court asked the petitioner what the urgency to approach the Vacation Bench of Supreme Court was. The petitioner's counsel replied that the last date for filing online applications is January 2.
"Where should I go? The last date in January 2nd, I may be permitted to submit the online application", the counsel said.
The Court, however, declined to pass any interim order while issuing notice. The order states,
"The petitioner has challenged a notification of 2020 inviting application for appointment of civil judge junior division in AP State Judicial Services. Question is on eligibility requirement of 3 years as a practicing advocate. 2007 Rules are under challenge in this plea.
There can be no kind of urgency to entertain this petition in vacations. Let the plea be listed for hearing on the date of reopening. Notice be issued in the meanwhile."
The case will be heard next on January 5, 2021.