New Delhi :- The High Court of Gujarat invites On-line Applications from eligible Candidates with a Degree in Law, for filling up, 16 Vacancies for the posts of Legal Assistant, on the establishment of the High Court of Gujarat, on a Fixed Remuneration of Rs.20,000/- p.m., purely on adhoc and contractual basis, initially for a period of 11 months, extendable on periodical basis, upto a maximum period of 3 Years, subject to the approval of the Honorable the Chief Justice.

Starting date for submission of
On-line Application :- 26/07/2021 (12.00 Hrs) 

Closing date for submission of
On-line Application : – 10/08/2021 (23.59 Hrs.) 

Tentative Schedule :- Date of Written Test
(Objective Type – MCQs)  :- 03/10/2021 

Viva-voce Test (Oral Interview) :- Month of November /
December – 2021

1.ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

[as on Last Date of submitting of ‘On-line Application’, i.e. 10/08/2021]:- Candidates having the below-mentioned criteria be treated as eligible, to apply:-

(a) Age-limit :- A Candidate for Appointment to the said Post, shall not be less than 18 years and not more than 35 years of age, as on Last Date of submitting of ‘On-line Application, i.e. 10/08/2021, i.e. Candidates born between 10/08/1986 & 10/08/2003, shall be eligible to apply.

(b) Educational Qualifications : Degree in Law from any University in India or any Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission. Candidates studying in the Fifth Year of a Five Year Law Course, can also apply for the said Post, and their final selection would be subject to their passing of the Fifth Year examination of LL.B., prior to their Appointment.

(c) Basic Knowledge of Computer Application / Operation. (d) Acquaintance of vernacular Language. Note : It may be noted by all concerned that the existing Legal Assistants would neither be eligible nor required to appear in the selection process.

RESERVATION :- Reservation policy shall not apply, as the Appointments are on Contractual Basis.

TENURE :- (a) Legal Assistants shall be appointed initially for a period of 11 months, and their tenure may be extended upto a maximum period of 3 Years, upon recommendation of the Hon’ble Judge concerned, subject to the approval of the Honourable the Chief Justice and such engagement shall in no case be extended beyond a period of 3 Years.

(b) The appointment may be terminated by either side by giving one-month notice, or one month salary in lieu thereof, which requirement may be waived by the other side. Provided that appointment of Legal Assistants shall be liable to be terminated at any time by the High Court of Gujarat, without notice or any compensation if his/her services are found to be unsatisfactory or if he/she violates any of the Rules.

REMUNERATION :- The Candidates selected are presently entitled to draw a Fixed Remuneration of Rs. 20,000/- per month, as stipulated in the Legal Department’s Resolution No. HCT/102004/4015/D, dated 16/07/2018 of the Government of Gujarat,

FEES AND MODE OF PAYMENT :- (a) All Candidates shall be required to pay Fees of ₨.500/- plus the usual Bank Charges via “Print Application / Pay Fee” Button through SBI e-Pay, provided on the webpage of HCOJAS Portal – https://hc-ojas.gujarat.gov.in.

(b) Carefully Read and Follow the Instructions/Help given thereat. Select the Mode of Payment i.e. Online Payment or Cash-Challan (Offline) (Cash-Challan will be generated Online at SBI e-Pay Website only).

(c) In case of Online Payment Mode, after successful payment, Candidate will get e-Receipt of the same. However, if Transaction / Payment fails due to any technical reasons, follow the Instructions thereat.

Note : e-Receipt will be generated at the respective time ONLY, soft copy as well as hard copy thereof should be preserved till the conclusion of the instant Recruitment Process.

(d) If Cash-Challan (Offline) Option is selected, Candidate is required to take printout of ‘Challan’ in TWO Copies and pay the requisite Fees before the Challan Expiry Date, at any of the SBI Branch, by submitting the said Challan to the Bank. The Concerned Bank Branch will retain one Copy of the ‘Challan’ and return the other Copy to the Candidate.

Note : Payment of Fees cannot be made after the expiry Date & Time Mentioned in the Cash-Challan.

(e) Candidates are advised to preserve the copy of the e-Receipt / Cash-Challan till the conclusion of the Recruitment Process.

(f) Confirmed ‘Online Application’, submitted by the Candidate, will be considered as VALID Application, only after he/she remits the Examination Fees, as required, in the State Bank of India through SBI e-Pay, before due time.

(g) Requisite Examination Fees, can be paid through either Mode i.e. Online (from 26/07/2021 to 10/08/2021) or Offline (Cash-Challan) (till the Challan Expiry Date) and the same shall be considered as VALID.

(h) Fees paid by any other mode, will NOT be accepted.

Fees once paid shall Not be Refunded OR shall NOT be Adjusted in any subsequent Recruitment Process, under any circumstances

(j) No correspondence/communication/Phone Calls, should be made, to the High Court, on this count.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF LEGAL ASSISTANT :- Legal Assistant shall assist the Hon’ble Judge in judicial as well as administrative work and in carrying out search and research in matters and on such legal issues as may be required by the Hon’ble Judge to whom he/she, is assigned. His / Her duties shall include attending the Court, making notes, drafting of memorandum, opinions, comments or monographs on such legal matters and research from such material and sources as may be suggested by the Hon’ble Judge to whom he / she is assigned.

OTHER CONDITIONS OF SERVICE :- (a) Appointment as Legal Assistant is a full time assignment and during the period of appointment the Legal Assistant shall not be entitled to practice as a lawyer or to take up any employment, engagement of whatsoever nature either on full-time or on part-time basis.

(b) The headquarters of Legal Assistant shall be the High Court which he / she shall not leave during working hours of the High Court without permission of the Judge to whom he / she is assigned.

(c) Legal Assistant may be required by the Judge to whom he/she is assigned to assist on public or weekly holidays and offered equal number of alternative holidays later on.

(d) Legal Assistant shall be entitled to 11 days of casual leave of absence with pay in a year and shall not be entitled to any other leave of absence with pay except during Court Vacations when leave of absence with pay may be granted with the permission of the Judge to whom he / she is assigned.

(e) If Legal Assistant is required to leave headquarters as part of duty on official work, he / she may be paid daily allowance in addition to actual fare paid for the travel as stipulated in the Government Resolution, Legal Department No.HCT/102004/4015/D dated 3.5.2007, as may be amended from time to time.

(f) Legal Assistant attached to a particular Hon’ble Judge shall not be entitled to appear before the Hon’ble Judge with whom he/she was attached for a period of one year from the date of termination of the appointment.

(g) Legal Assistant shall not be entitled to appear in any case handled by the Hon’ble Judge to whom he / she was attached, if the Legal Assistant had worked on that case.

(h) Legal Assistant shall perform his / her duties with due diligence and discipline maintaining confidentiality about all matters and information that he / she may come across during the discharge of his / her duties. (i) The assignment as Legal Assistant shall not confer any right of any employment under the High Court or the State Government.

(j) Legal Assistant shall abide by such other Rules and Conditions of Service, as may be prescribed by the Honourable the Chief Justice.

(k) Legal Assistant shall, upon acceptance of his/her appointment as such, undertake in writing to abide by the Rules and shall, in particular, undertake that he / she shall perform his / her duties with due diligence and discipline maintaining confidentiality about all the matters and information that he / she may come across during the discharge of his / her duties.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION :-

[A] Written Test [Objective Type – MCQs] [100 Marks]

[B] Viva-voce Test [Oral Interview] [40 Marks] [A] Written Test (Objective Type – MCQs) – OMR Based: (Tentatively to be conducted on 03/10/2021)

(a) The Written Test (Objective Type – MCQs), shall be conducted at Ahmedabad at the venue, as may be decided by the High Court, comprising of 100 Marks, of 2 hours’ duration, consisting of 100 – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) each of 01 Mark, with Negative Marking of 0.25 Mark for each Wrong / Multiple Answer.

The Syllabus for said Written Test (Objective Type – MCQs), shall be as follows :

  1. The Constitution of India
  2. The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  3. The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  4. The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  5. The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  6. The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  7. The Specific Relief Act, 1963
  8. The Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  9. The Limitation Act, 1963
  10. General Knowledge
  11. English Language
  12. Computer Skills/Applications knowledge
  13. General I.Q. Test

(b) The Language of Question Paper of Written Test (Objective Type – MCQs) will be English.

c) The Written Test (Objective Type – MCQs) shall be administered through an OMR Sheet and shall be evaluated by OMR Sheet Scanning Machine and therefore, re-evaluation, rechecking/reassessment of OMR Sheets, will not be entertained by the High Court. Looking to the present scenario of COVID-19 pandemic, the High Court may conduct the Written Test in any other mode including Online Computer Based Examination.

(d) The candidates securing minimum 50% Marks in the Written Test (Objective Type – MCQs), alone shall be eligible for being called for Viva-Voce Test.

(e) In case, large number of Candidates qualify in the Written Test, it shall be open for the High Court, to restrict the number of Candidates as deemed necessary, according to Merit, to proceed to the next stage.

[B] Viva-voce Test (Oral Interview): (Tentatively to be conducted in the Month of November/December 2021)

(a) Candidate shall download their Viva-voce Test (Oral Interview) ‘e-Call-letter’, from the Websites abovementioned, during the preceding One week of the Viva-voce Test.

(b) Viva-voce Test shall be of 40 Marks.

(c) Suitability of the Candidates, at the Viva-voce Test, will be assessed on the basis of one’s Personality, Aptitude and Orientation, Computer Application Skills, People Skills, Communication Skills, Legal knowledge of candidates, etc.

(d) For being eligible to be included in the Select List/Wait List, the candidate shall have to obtain minimum 40% Marks in the Viva-voce Test.

[C] Selection of Candidates The Select List / Wait List (if any) will be prepared on the basis of aggregate marks obtained by the Candidates in the Written Test (60% Weightage will be given to the marks obtained in Written Test) & Marks obtained in Viva-voce Test.

[D] The Wait List shall be operated only in case of non-joining of candidate(s) or cancellation of candidature of candidate(s) due to any reason(s), amongst the candidates enlisted in Select List.

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