Madhya Pradesh High Court Upholds 3 year law practice or 70% marks as eligibility criteria for state judiciary exam

New changes in the eligibility rules for the state judicial examination were introduced on the recommendation of the hon'ble MP high court. This changes goes thr...

April 24, 2024
In the recent development, the Madhya Pradesh high court dismissed all the petitions challenging the changes in eligibility criteria for candidates appearing for the civil judge recruitment exam in Madhya Pradesh (MP judicial service examination).

New changes were introduced in the eligibility rules for the state judicial examination on the recommendation of the hon'ble MP high court. This changes were challenged in the high court by the candidates, but a division bench of the Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Vishal Mishra dismissed the petitions and upholds that the changes in eligibility criteria were in consonance with greater interest of the cause of justice and public good.
Under the amended rules, it is compulsory for the candidates to pass the LLB exam with 70% marks without ATKT or at least have an experience of three years as a lawyer in a court. According to amended rules, a candidate must score at least 40% marks in the interview i.e. 20 marks.

The changes of the eligibility rules were challenged by Varsha Patel and other people through separate petitions. Following the arguments, the division bench had reserved the judgment on 15 petitions filed in this regard. The bench has now dismissed the petitions.

On the recommendation of the MP high court, the state government had also made eligibility criteria for OBC candidates equivalent to general candidates and limited OBC reservation in the civil judge recruitment test to 14%.

The newly amended criteria for MP judiciary may disappointed the aspirants for a while, but in view of having its impact, it will be in interest of social justice and ease of public, as the judicial institutions needs highly matured and experienced judicial officers to execute proceedings in courts.

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