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Government decided to introduce the quota for freedom fighters' children for 101 assistant judges

Edit Date:8/15/2010 12:00:00 AM

 

Move to recruit 101 judges with FF quota

 

The government has taken initiatives to appoint 101 assistant judges and judicial magistrates in lower courts across the country with a 30 percent quota for the children of freedom fighters for the first time.

Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC) selects candidates for these posts by holding tests and examinations as per requirements of the government.

And the president then appoints them.

About 200 posts of assistant judge and judicial magistrate are now vacant, official sources said.

The BJSC issued a circular in June seeking applications from intending candidates for the posts and fixed September 24 for a preliminary test carrying 100 marks. Over 3,000 applied.

As permitted by the Supreme Court, the BJSC circular contains provisions for a 30 percent quota for freedom fighters' children.

Earlier in October last year, the BJSC made a move to select 101 candidates for the posts of assistant judge and judicial magistrate. But the process was withheld later as the government decided to formulate rules providing for the 30 percent quota.

In November, the law ministry took an initiative to make the rules but it could not complete the process due to bureaucratic tangles, sources said.

The government this year prayed to the SC to permit it to recruit lower court judges with a 30 percent quota for freedom fighters' children although the rules were yet to be made.

In June, the apex court permitted this.

Meanwhile, 207 judges and judicial magistrates were appointed last year.

Sources mentioned that the government decided to introduce the quota for freedom fighters' children in judicial service since there are quotas for them in various other services.

A BJSC official said the existing recruitment rules for judicial service framed by the previous caretaker government contains a 20 percent quota for women candidates.

In May 2008, the caretaker government appointed 394 assistant judges and judicial magistrates following separation of the judiiary.

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