NEW DELHI, April 29 - The Supreme Court collegium has questioned the government�s move to hold �detailed scrutiny� of professional record of advocates and judicial officers recommended for judgeship by high courts, but the Law Ministry continues to send a summary of the candidates� professional track record to the body of top five judges.
In July 2017, the Law Ministry had informed the Cabinet Secretary that, �now the process of detailed scrutiny of proposals received for appointment of judges from high courts has been initiated...
�In the case of advocates, their reported judgements (in cases they represented), and in case of judicial officers their case disposal time and number of adjournments are being evaluated by an in-house team having legal background.�
But the government�s move was recently questioned by the apex court collegium.
�As regards the comments regarding her professional competence, it is for the judiciary to assess her performance. Professional competence cannot be adjudged on the basis of unconfirmed/unsubstantiated inputs,� the collegium noted while approving the elevation of a woman judicial officer to the Madras High Court as an additional judge. � PTI