JAMMU, Sept 21: The Young Lawyers Association (Jammu), in a fervent plea to the J&K Public Service Commission (JKPSC), has called for the postponement of the upcoming examination for 69 posts of Civil Judge Junior Division, scheduled for October 8, 2023.
The Association has raised several critical concerns and issues surrounding the examination process that they believe warrant immediate attention. In a statement, the Association expressed its deep concern over the lack of response to repeated representations and appeals made by students through various channels, including Bar Associations and the Young Lawyers’ Association. They emphasize that ignoring the pleas of these dedicated students has compelled them to voice their concerns through this open letter to the JKPSC.
The Association pointed out that the examination’s prescribed syllabus contains inaccuracies. Specifically, the inclusion of the Financial Code, which was revoked by SO No. 58 dated December 31, 2019, utilizing the powers granted by Section 67 of the Reorganization Act 2019, is erroneous. Furthermore, the Jammu and Kashmir Residential and Commercial Tenancy Act 2012, which has been stayed by the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, should not be part of the syllabus.
It said the candidates who were eligible for the examination in 2018 may now find themselves overage in 2023 due to the prolonged delay in conducting the exams. The Association stressed for considering age relaxation for these deserving candidates. The preparation time provided for this examination is exceptionally short, with numerous subjects in both the preliminary and mains examinations. The Association believes this timeframe is inadequate for effective exam preparation, particularly given the extensive syllabus.
The current syllabus reflects changes and complexities in the legal landscape. However, they emphasize that applicants are practicing lawyers who must balance exam preparation with their professional commitments.
The Association draws attention to the situation concerning candidates who recently participated in the Viva Voce examination for the Jammu and Kashmir Prosecuting Officers Examination in 2022, emphasizing the need to provide these candidates with adequate time to transition and prepare for the Judicial Services Examination.
The Young Lawyers Association urged the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission to reconsider the current approach to conducting this examination