The Gujarat High Court today set aside a provision of the state judicial service rules which requires five years experience for candidates working with the legal department.
A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi set aside a part of rule 7(2)(B) of Gujarat State Judicial Service (GSJS) Rules "to the extent it requires experience of five years".
As the other candidates (i.E., lawyers/fresh law graduates) taking GSJS exam for civil judge's post do not need any experience, such a requirement for those working in courts and allied departments was discriminatory, the court said.
The rule had been challenged by some GSJS aspirants who are working with the legal department of the state government.
In an interim order, the high court had allowed them to appear for the preliminary examination on January 29.
They can now appear for the main written examination on March 19, if they clear the first examination, the court said.