Looking at the huge shortage of judges in the state and very less representation of socially backward classes in judicial services, the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa has decided to introduce a one-year training course for lawyers who wish to be judges — with special provision for lawyers belonging to the SC/ST class.
Talking about the shortage of judges in Maharashtra and Goa, Adv Jayant D. Jaibhave, former chairman & member of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and also the coordinator of this scheme said, “There is a shortage of at least 300 to 400 judges in Maharashtra itself.
Now the central government too has introduced a scheme which if implemented will double the need for judges. This means we will need about 800 judges. The problem is that not many students apply for this examination and on top of that very few qualify. That is why we have decided to give training to fresh law graduates and lawyers.”
About 32 candidates belonging to SC/ST from each revenue division of Maharashtra and Goa will be selected under the same selection procedure as applied by the Bar Council. “See there is less awareness about judicial services among the SC/ST candidates an there is no provision of reservation for them in Maharashtra Judicial Service. As far as we know, we do not know even a single ST judge. Therefore, it is imperative that the SC/ST candidates are brought on par with the open category candidates to compete in Maharashtra Judicial Services and find some place in the judicial service of this state,” said DR Parihar, Director General, Barti.
The classes will be held at six revenue divisions and Goa and each batch will contain 110 candidates per batch. Starting from August 23, the SC/ST candidates with law background who wish to become Junior Magistrate First Class or Direct district judge can apply for the course named ‘Judicial Service As Career-one year training program.’
The cost of training program has been calculated to be Rs 13, 000 by the Bar Council and this will be sponsored by (BARTI). On the top of it, Barti will also provide the selected candidates a laptop of Sony Vaio brand with software of AIR (containing all court judgements).
“Considering that the SC/ST candidates come from a relatively poor background, we will also bear their cost of travelling expenses. A sum of upto Rs 2,000 per month per candidate will be made available to the Council for the purpose,” said Parihar.
The Council has declared that the candidate who is selected for the training program will have to appear for the examination of the council in next two years after completing the training program. “The training will be given on two days ie Saturday and Sunday under the guidance of Hon’ble judges in service, or other practicing senior lawyers or with the guidance of retired district judges or High Court judges,” said Parihar.