In a first, district judges to come from open testThe Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is set to appoint judges to district courts through open competition, following the constitutional provision.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is set to appoint judges to district courts through open competition, following the constitutional provision.
A total of 30 district judges will be appointed through internal and open competition, with reservations for minority communities.
The JSC on Thursday called vacancies for district judges who will be appointed in line with Article 149 (2) (B) and (2) (C) of the constitution which says 80 percent of the district court judges will be appointed either through open or internal competition while 20 percent of the posts would be filled on the basis of seniority and performance of government officials in the judicial service.
Earlier, all the district judges would be appointed from among officials in the judicial service or senior advocates on the basis of seniority and performance.
According to the JSC, 15 judges will be appointed through internal competition. Those who have the experience of working at least three years as under-secretary in the judicial service are eligible for internal competition.
Those seeking to compete under the open category need to have either worked as a gazetted third class officer for at least eight years in the judicial service or eight years of experience as an advocate after getting the Bachelor’s in Law.
For open competition, two positions will be reserved for women, indigenous and Madhesi communities each while one position will be reserved for the Dalit community.
Free competition will be held only for eight positions.
All the applicants, both under internal and open competitions, will have to take a written test followed by an interview.
There will be three papers for the written test which include jurisprudence, criminal codes and procedures, and civil codes and procedures.
There will be at least one judge each in 76 District Courts, while the Kathmandu District Court, which sees the highest number of cases, will have around 15 judges.