Gujarat HC strikes down rule requiring 5 years’ experience for direct recruitment of civil judges

The Wire

The Gujarat High Court yesterday declared unconstitutional a rule that required candidates from judicial service applying for direct recruitment as civil judges to have five years’ experience in courts or allied departments.

A batch of petitions were filed by Deputy Section officers of the Gujarat state legal department, challenging Rule 7(2)(b) of the Gujarat State Judicial Service Rules, 2005, on the ground that it was violative of Article 14 of the Constitution.

The impugned Rule states:

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