Mohamed Imranullah S.
MADURAI: The Madras High Court employees are dejected over the Full Court’s (all Judges) decision not to implement its earlier resolution permitting the court staff, holding law degrees, to participate in the ongoing recruitment process for 201 District Munsif and Judicial Magistrate vacancies.
“It is a complete injustice done to us. I had been preparing day and night for the written test. But the Full Court’s volte-face following lawyers’ agitation has come as a bolt from the blue,” an employee, preferring anonymity, said.
The recruitment notification issued on May 10 states that there is no age limit for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Most Backward Classes and Backward Classes. This has been done hurriedly by issuing G.O. Ms.No. 500 Home (Courts-I) Department dated May 3, 2008.
“This concession was not given in the recruitment of Munsifs/Magistrates in 2003. It also did not find place in the February 7 recruitment notification, which was withdrawn following differences of opinion between the High Court and the government. Now, not prescribing any age limit for reserved category would summarily curtail the chances of general category candidates,” he added.
Another court staff was of the view that their right to seek better placements had been curbed. “The fact that we are already employed in the courts does not mean that we have lost the right to be elevated to a higher position,” he asked.
P. Paramasivam, chairman, Federation of District and Subordinate Courts Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, said the court staff did not possess any experience in conducting cases and hence elevating them to the post of Munsifs and Magistrates would lead to miscarriage of justice.
“It is mandatory for a lawyer to have seven years of Bar experience to become an Additional Public Prosecutor, five years for Government Pleader and four years for Assistant Public Prosecutor. When such is the case even for holding government briefs, just imagine what kind of calibre one requires to be a Magistrate or Munsif,” he said.
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