Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Sunday said the move to set up an All India Judicial Service had been put on hold due to lack of consensus.
Addressing mediapersons after a meeting of Chief Justices and Law Ministers of six north Indian states here,the Law Minister said that the government would hold more consultations with the state governments and the judiciary in order to create a consensus on the issue.
The issue of All-India Judicial Service came up for discussions. But there was no unanimity as the various states and their High Courts have their own views…the debate will continue. We do not wish to impose ourselves, Moily told the reporters.
Last year,the Supreme Court had sought the views of the High Courts on the possibility of entrusting recruitment of 25 per cent posts in the higher judiciary to a national authority.
Formation of an All India Judicial Service has been a long-pending demand,which has found support from members of the judiciary,jurists as well as successive governments,with it being first mooted by the first Law Commission.
On Sunday,Moily said the Chief Justices were unanimous that there was urgent need to spruce up infrastructure for the subordinate judiciary.
He said for this purpose Rs 8,000 crore has been sanctioned by the Planning Commission to be spent in the next five years.
He also that in light of requests from some state governments for more funds for gram nyayalayas,the Centre was willing to release extra funds.
States have said they do not have sufficient funds. We are ready to raise the finances, the Law Minister said.
Moily also said that since the concept of Family Courts had not found favour with some states,a suitable law could be introduced to ensure that all family-related issues were dealt with by a single court,thereby saving litigants the trouble of visiting multiple courts.
He said efforts are also being made to fill up vacancies in subordinate and high courts on a war footing and meritorious candidates with integrity would be selected to fill up the posts.