|In protest against new recruitment rule for post of civil judge|
PUDUCHERRY: The Pondicherry Bar Association has decided to stay away from proceedings of the local court here on Monday to protest the inclusion of a provision in the Puducherry Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment) Rules, 2008 allowing law graduates not enrolled as advocates also to be appointed as civil judge.
Association president M. Nakkeeran, in a release, said the new recruitment rule provided that “law graduates working in Group A, B and C posts in any Court of Law in Tamil Nadu or equivalent post i.e., Grade-1, 11 and 111 in any Court of Law in the Union Territory and who have not enrolled themselves as advocates” are qualified for being appointed as civil judge in Puducherry.
The association wanted the government to give preference to advocates who had their residence in the Union Territory for appointment to the Puducherry Judicial Service, he said. Pointing out that residents of Puducherry were not considered for selection by Tamil Nadu, he said the Puducherry government should insert a clause in the recruitment rule to give preference to those having residence here.
Mr. Nakkeeran said they were also in favour of relaxing the age limit in the selection of civil judge under the Puducherry Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment) Rules, 2008 in the manner followed by Tamil Nadu for similar posts.
He said a Pondicherry Bar Association delegation called on the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Minister and the Law Minister on Friday and apprised them about the problems they faced.
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