Goa Judicial Service Civil Judge & Judicial Magistrate Exam Syllabus & Overview

Overview and detailed preliminary and main syllabus of the Goa Judicial Service Examination conducted every year by the Bombay High Court (Permanent Bench at Panaji)
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The Goa Judicial Service Examination is conducted every year by the Bombay High Court (Permanent Bench at Panaji) to recruit for Civil Judge, Junior Division & Judicial Magistrate First Class .

The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at : www.hcbombayatgoa.nic.in and / or the website of the state’s public service commission (If the exam is conducted by the PSC) at Goa Public Service Commission

Eligibility and Age Limit -Goa Judicial Service Civil Judge, Junior Division & Judicial Magistrate First Class Exam

I. Essential Educational Qualifications for Goa Judicial Service Exam

1. Degree in Law. (Recognized by the Bar Council of India as LLB or equivalent; which enables the holder to practice law in India.)
2. Knowledge of Konkani. (Spoken, Written & Reading)

Desirable Qualifications for Goa Civil Judge, Junior Division & Judicial Magistrate First Class Exam

1. Knowledge of Marathi.

The above language skills / knowledge must be certified by the appropriate authorities as mentioned in the official advertisement.

II. Experience requirements for Goa Civil Judge & Judicial Magistrate Exam
  • Must have practiced as an Advocate in the High Court or Courts subordinate thereto for a period of three years. OR
  • Must be a fresh Law Graduate who has secured the degree in law by passing all the examinations leading to the degree in the first attempt and has secured in the final year examination of the degree in Law or in case of candidates holding Master’s Degree in Law at final L.L.M. examination not less than fifty-five percent marks. OR
  • Must be working or must have worked as a Public Prosecutor or Additional Public Prosecutor or Assistant Public Prosecutor or Government Advocate for not less than 3 years in the post or posts. In computing the period of 3 years, the period during which the candidate has worked as an Advocate shall be included. OR
  • Must be a member of Ministerial staff of –
    (i) the High Court or Courts subordinate thereto; or
    (ii) the offices of the Government Pleaders attached to those Courts; OR
  • Must be working as Superintendent in the High Court of Bombay at Goa, Panaji or in the Courts subordinate thereto in Goa and holding a Degree in Law or Sub-Registrar or District Registrar in Goa and holding a Degree in Law or Legal Assistant in the Law Department of the Government of Goa or Superintendent (Legal/Drafting) in the Law Department of the Government of Goa, for not less than 5 years in the post or posts.
III. Age criteria for Goa Civil Judge / Magistrate Exam (As on the date of Advertisement).

Not less than (Minimum) twenty one years and not more than (Maximum) –
(i) thirty-five years in the case of Advocates with three years practice,
(ii) twenty five years in case of fresh Law Graduates.
(iii) forty-five years in the case of ministerial staff.
Provided that the upper age limit in each of the above categories may be relaxed by five years in respect of candidates belonging to communities recognized as backward by the Government for the purpose of recruitment.

The Goa Judicial Service Civil Judge / Magistrate Exam will be held in following three stages

(i) Preliminary written Examination comprising of multiple choice objective questions, carrying total 100 marks. The medium of preliminary examination shall be English.

The aim of Preliminary written Examination is to shortlist the candidates to appear for final written examination. Therefore, in all 10 times candidates of total number of posts will be allowed to the final written examination as per the merit list of the preliminary written examination. The preliminary examination being screening test, its marks will not be taken into consideration for final selection and will not be communicated to the candidates.

(ii) The candidates found eligible in the preliminary written examination will have to appear for final written examination which shall be of two papers carrying 100 marks each, having duration of 3 hours each in Civil Laws and Criminal Laws respectively. The medium of the written examination shall be either Konkani or Marathi or English. The candidate shall specifically mention in his/her application form about his choice of medium. Choice once given shall not be allowed to be changed subsequently in any case.

(iii) The High Court shall hold viva-voce examination carrying 50 marks of the candidates who secures not less than 50% of marks in each paper at such final written examination. Provided that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who secure not less than 45% marks in each paper shall be eligible for the viva-voce.

Syllabus for the Goa Judicial Service Civil Judge / Magistrate preliminary exam

i) The Constitution of India
ii) The Indian Contract Act, 1872
iii) The Specific Relief Act, 1963
iv) The Limitation Act, 1963
v) Sale of Goods Act, 1930
vi) Indian Partnership Act, 1932
vii) The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
viii) Transfer of Property Act, 1882
ix) The Easement Act, 1882
x) Family Laws in Goa including Hindu Laws and Muslim Laws
xi) Land Laws
(a) The Goa, Daman & Diu Agricultural Tenancy Act, 1964
(b) The Goa, Daman & Diu Mundkars (Protection from Eviction) Act, 1975
(c) The Goa, Daman & Diu Buildings (Lease, Rent & Eviction) Control Act, 1968 and Rules, 1969
xii) The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
xiii) The Indian Penal Code, 1860
xiv) The Evidence Act, 1872
xv) The Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
xvi) The Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881

Syllabus for the Goa Judicial Service Civil Judge / Magistrate Main exam

Paper – I

i) The Indian Contract Act, 1872
ii) The Specific Relief Act, 1963
iii) The Limitation Act, 1963
iv) Sale of Goods Act, 1930
v) Indian Partnership Act, 1932
vi) The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
vii) Transfer of Property Act, 1882
viii) The Easement Act, 1882
ix) Family Laws in Goa including Hindu Laws and Muslim Laws
x) Land Laws
(a) The Goa, Daman & Diu Agricultural Tenancy Act, 1964
(b) The Goa, Daman & Diu Mundkars (Protection from Eviction) Act, 1975
(c) The Goa, Daman & Diu Buildings (Lease, Rent & Eviction) Control Act, 1968 and Rules, 1969

Paper – II

i) The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
ii) The Indian Penal Code, 1860
iii) The Evidence Act, 1872
iv) The Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
v) The Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
vi) Essay on Current Legal Topic (Approximately 800 words)

Language Requirement

Candidates should have sufficient knowledge of Konkani and Marathi languages and that, he / she should be able to speak, read & write Konkani and Marathi and be able to translate with clarity and ease Konkani & Marathi into English and vice versa. Candidates will have to submit a certificate as per the required format attesting their language ability.

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