karnataka High Court permits pregnant woman to take judicial exam from Hometown

Karnataka High Court sets up centre on the doorstep of eight-and-a-half-month pregnant lawyer to write main exam for civil judge’s post.

The Karnataka High Court recently granted permission to a woman lawyer to give the judicial services main examination from her hometown Mangaluru, in view of her delicate health status in the eighth month of her pregnancy.

According to per a press note issued on November 17, the lawyer would be allowed to take the mains exam from the District Court at Mangaluru instead of the capital city of Bengaluru.

Judicial Exam

In March this year, the HC issued a notification to conduct the exams for the recruitment of 57 judges. The preliminary exams were held on July 23, 2023.

From the 6,000 candidates, 1,022 were chosen for the mains exam scheduled on November 18, Saturday and November 19, Sunday in Bengaluru. The exams are part of the direct recruitment drive to fill 57 vacancies in civil judge posts.

Advocate Nethravathi

Nethravathi, an advocate from Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada district, had qualified preliminary exams. The preliminary examinations took place on July 27. After qualifying the preliminary exams, Advocate Nethravathi wrote to the High Court seeking permission to appear for the mains exam from Mangaluru

She submitted a requisition to the Karnataka High Court to permit her to write the exam in the district itself as she was unable to travel to Bengaluru having delicate health conditions being pregnant.

She explained that since she was eight and a half months pregnant, it would be difficult for her to travel all the way to Bengaluru for the mains exam.

About the Bench

The HC Committee for Direct Recruitment of Civil Judges comprising Justice PS Dinesh Kumar, Justice K Somashekar, Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav, Justice Ashok S Kinagi and Justice M Nagaprasanna, after considering her application, allowed her to write the exam in Dakshina Kannada district itself.

Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale has approved the decision of the Committee.

Following a direction by the Committee and the Chief Justice, the Registrar of the HC has deputed a lady judicial officer to conduct the exam for the lone candidate at the District Court in Mangaluru.

The Principal District and Sessions Judge at Mangaluru has also been directed to make necessary medical arrangements at the exam centre to address any emergency.

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