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Delhi Judicial Services

The Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exam provides entrance to the judiciary. It is administered by the Delhi high court.
22 May 2019

The 2018 Delhi Judicial Services Exam was topped by JGLS Sonepat graduate Shipra Dharkar, with at least 7 other national law schools also being represented in the list of 126.

05 May 2017

The Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exam result is facing another long delay, this time of at least 10 months, keeping with previous years’ trends. The last DJS exam, which is the first phase to qualify for interviews to join Delhi’s lower judiciary, was held by 10 July 2016.

26 July 2016

The Supreme Court has today issued guidelines to the Delhi high court on how to conduct future Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exams, following a rejoinder petition by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) represented by Prashant Bhushan and co-petitioner and DJS candidate Sonal Gupta, represented by Sanjay Hegde, who both appeared pro bono in the case.

13 April 2016

bp4vs3dhThe Delhi lower judicial service (DJS) will now recruit 26 new judges, after the Supreme Court confirmed the result of 11 new candidates who cleared the DJS 2014 interview.

10 March 2016

22rc10srThe Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) recruitment committee will interview, within four weeks, the 12 new candidates who crossed the exam’s cut-off marks on a re-evaluation. The re-evaluation was part of a judicial inquiry on fairness in the conduct of the DJS 2014.

04 March 2016

bzrdcee2The Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) 2014 exam’s results were turned on their head by retired Supreme Court judge PV Reddy’s committee, after almost all of the top 200-ranked candidates’ marks in the exam increased on re-evaluation.

14 December 2015

Retired Supreme Court judge and former Law Commission chairman PV Reddy will re-evaluate the controversial 2014 Delhi Judicial Services exam, ruled a Supreme Court bench of justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant today (14 December).

25 August 2015

The Delhi high court on 21 August 2015 released the final merit result of candidates prepared by the selection committee after the selection process started in June 2014.

04 August 2015

The 2014 Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) exam’s controversial results were not stayed, but may be probed after the Supreme Court’s order in a writ today. The DJS will hold its interviews for selection of judges in Delhi on Thursday, as per schedule.

27 July 2015

Because the union government has ordered enquiry into allegations of foul play in the Delhi lower judicial services exam (DJS) 2014, two Delhi high court judges whose relatives cleared the DJS 2014 should not be assigned cases in which the union of India is a party, or these judges should be transferred, argued the Rohini bar association president, as reported by LiveLaw.

The association president Inder Singh Saroha wrote a letter to Delhi high court chief justice G Rohini stating:

to maintain the faith and confidence in the judiciary, it is absolutely necessary that the two sitting HC judges, whose kin have been reported to have cleared the said examination, should not be assigned cases in which union government is one of the parties as these judges could be influenced by the union government, which is stated to have ordered an enquiry into the matter. Or if possible judges be posted out of Delhi so that they may not influence the independent enquiry into the scam.

A number of candidates who did not clear the DJS exam this year filed right to information requests and made allegations of foul play in the conduct of the exam, suggesting that relatives of sitting judges had cleared the exam with help from the Delhi high court, as reported by Legally India.

13 July 2015

DJS detectivesCandidates for the controversial 2014 Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) exam have painstakingly cross-referenced a list of offspring and others close to Delhi high court judges against the 15 who passed the DJS exams, received a surprising RTI response, and established that 64 judges who had passed or topped judicial services exams in other states, failed in last year's DJS exam outright.

26 June 2015

Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has written a letter to the Delhi high court chief justice on 18 June after having received allegations of “corruption, favouritism and nepotism” in the long-controversial Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exam, reported the Indian Express’ Utkarsh Anand.

As reported by Legally India on 5 May, only 15 out of 659 candidates or 2 per cent passed the exam this year.

Gowda noted that allegedly Delhi high court judges’ children were very successful in the exam - two out of the 15 who passed - while the majority of other candidates failed spectacularly, as the “the Department of Justice has received many grievances alleging corruption, favouritism and nepotism in the recently concluded Delhi Judicial Services Examination, 2014”.

A petition on change.org signed by 310 supporters and aggrieved students complained that the the DJS should recruit more than just 15 candidates, as it still had 570 vacancies remaining that were unfilled.

Click here to read more about the DJS exams.

05 May 2015

The Delhi subordinate judiciary recruited at 17.5 per cent of its actual requirement this year, dipping lower than its last recorded recruitment rate, after only 2 per cent of the candidates who appeared for its final examination passed it.

28 April 2015

The Delhi lower judicial service (DJS) exam is once again on a schedule delayed by several months after the release date for of final result in its June 2014 round remains uncertain.

31 January 2014

Six Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) examinees from 2011 have lost the case for their instatement in the city’s lower judiciary, due to a lack of courtrooms and infrastructure, reported the PTI.

The petitioners, who had secured a little over the cut-off ranks for appointment to the DJS, had argued that since there were a greater number of vacancies in the DJS than those advertised at the time they should be appointed against the extra vacancies, as Legally India had reported. The bench hearing their writs said:

The contention of the petitioners on the aspect of courtroom etc are mere surmises and conjectures based upon their own calculations and cannot form the basis of a judicial decision to accept the writ petitions. It would be appropriate to note that till date additional infrastructure in the form of building and courtrooms have not been made available.

It is unfortunate but true that the infrastructure is normally made available after the posts have been sanctioned and not before.

17 June 2013

The Delhi subordinate judiciary recruited at 18.4 per cent of its actual requirement this year, despite getting the nod of the Delhi government to recruit according to requirement.

28 May 2013

GavelFive out of ten Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) exam 2011 toppers collecting their appointment letters at the Delhi high court today are Delhi University (DU) law graduates.