The intervention application filed before the Supreme Court in the All India Judges Association case states that the first choice for elevation as a high court judge ought to be from the judicial officers
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the law ministry’s response in a plea seeking directions to high courts across the country to fill up to 50% of vacancies from service judges or the bench, if a vacancy from the bar quota has been unfilled for more than 6 months.
An intervention application with the prayer has been filed in the All India Judges Association case.
The application further seeks appropriate directions to the high courts to fill the vacancies from the judicial services quota as expeditiously as possible.
Notably, it has also been sought to ensure that the ratio of quota of judges from the service judges/bench remain the same in any given high court at least to 1/3rd of the total vacancies in that HC, irrespective of transfer to or from such a court.
A notice was issued by a bench of Justices BR Gavai and Vikram Nath after the matter was mentioned by senior advocate Rakesh Khanna, who had appeared for the applicants, Judicial Service Association of Delhi.