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Lawyers flunk district judge test

Success has eluded candidates in the examination for recruitment to the post of district judge (entry level). A chunk of the aspirants practise law at Patna High Court.

The written examination was held on September 14 and 15, 2013, direct from bar (practising for more than seven years) for the years 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Total 665 advocates had appeared in the examination, the results for which were declared recently.

The highest mark obtained in the examination was 117 out of 250, while the pass mark was 150 (60 per cent). Any lawyer, practising for more than seven years, was eligible to sit for the examination.

Advocate Dinesh Kumar of Patna High Court said: “There is a visible disconnect between what the lawyers learn at the Bar and what is asked in the examination to be a district judge. Most of the practising lawyers of the high court lack the skill of writing judgments.”

The former chairperson of Bihar State Bar Council, Baleshwar Sharma, seconded Dinesh’s views. He said: “More than 50 per cent of lawyers practising at Patna High Court are not fit to be district judges. The state lacks a good law college.

However, there were a few who thought otherwise. S.K. Mangalam, an advocate in the high court, said: “It will take time for the lawyers to adapt to this new system as this was the first time when the examination for district judge (entry level), direct from Bar, was conducted in the state. Law, being a comprehensive subject, is a difficult exam to pass.”