No. DE III (2)10764/06/EW Thiruvananthapuram,
20th December 2006.
1. Applications are invited from Legal Assistants in the Law Department and other Departments/Institutions (who have not passed the Bar Council Examinations) and also from candidates belonging to other Departments/Institutions for whom this test has been made obligatory and Confidential Assistants including Office Superintendents and Typists including Office Superintendents of Law Department who possess the requisite Law Qualification for Admission to the Departmental Tests for Legal Assistants prescribed in G.O.(Ms)158/Public (Special Department), dated 6.5.1964 as modified by G.O.(Ms)No.39/75/PD dated 26.2.1975 and G.O.(Ms) No.27/2/GAD dated: 16.1.2002.
Note: - The Legal Assistants Grade-I and Confidential Assistants (including Office Superintendents) and Typist (including Office Superintendents) of the Law Department who possess LL.B Degree of any University in which the subjects for LL.B Examination cover the syllabus prescribed for I & II Papers under Part I of the Departmental Test will be exempted from passing Papers I & II under Part I of the Departmental Test for appointment as Sections Officer, Law Department [vide (1) G.O. (Ms.) No.157/77/GAD. Dated: 31.05.1977, (2) G.O. (Ms.) No.505/80/GAD dated: 28.10.1980.]
2. The Examination will be held according to the syllabus given in Annexure A. The exact date and venue of the test will be notified in due course.
3. Test will be open to (1) All Legal Assistants (Irrespective of Grades) who have not passed the Bar Council Examination. (2) Persons already appointed as Superintendents in Law Department and holding the post by virtue of the temporary exemption granted to them from passing the Bar Council Examination and (3) The Confidential Assistants including Office Superintendents and Typists including Office Superintendents of the Law Departments who possess the requisite Law Qualification (4) Candidates belonging to other Departments/Institutions for whom this test has been made obligatory.
4. The test can be passed part-by-part or paper-by-paper.
5. Those who have already passed any part or paper of the Old Bar Council Examination will be treated as exempted from passing the corresponding part or paper of the test.
6. The prescribed fee for admission is Rs.80 for the whole test (4 papers) Rs.40 for each part (2 papers) and Rs.20 for each paper.
Note: - 1) Where a test is prescribed as part of the probation or training of an officer whether recruited direct or by transfer or for the purpose of making him eligible for increment or for confirmation in any post, or for promotion to a higher post, or where it is prescribed as a qualification necessary for an Officer to continue in his post without penalty, or where it has been newly imposed on persons already in the service concerned no fee will be levied. This concession will however, be limited to one chance for each test and from the second chance onwards fees will be levied as prescribed, subject to the following proviso:
“ For the above purpose the mere fact of having applied for a test in full or in part or in papers will be taken to mean that the candidates have appeared for the whole test and that appearance for any part or paper of the test will also be treated as appearance for the full test”.
2) The Heads of Departments and Offices will furnish in the application forms a certificate to the effect that the entries in the application forms are correct and where no fee is paid, that the candidate is eligible for exemption from payment of fee in accordance with the provisions of G.O. (Ms.) No.336/68/PD dated: 6.11.1968 and G.O. (Ms.) No.26/76/PD dated: 25.1.1976.
3) The certificates at the bottom of the forms under Annexure B should be signed by the Head of the Departments or Office where the candidate is serving. Applications which are not in the prescribed form or defective in any respect will be rejected.
7. The prescribed fee must be paid either into a State Government Treasury under the Head of Account “0051 (105) State Public Service Commission (99) Examination Fee”. The chalan receipt in original is to be attached with the application in the former case. Duplicate or triplicate receipt or interim receipts or certificates of remittance will not be accepted. In the case of candidates residing outside the State crossed Postal Orders for the prescribed fee (Payable to the Secretary, Kerala Public Service Commission, Thiruvananthapuram) will also be accepted.
8. The fee paid by a candidate will not be refunded or adjusted towards a future examination on any account. Candidates are therefore warned that they should satisfy themselves before sending their applications that the applications are in the forms prescribed, and that the particulars required in the forms are given fully and correctly.
9. Applications and Admission Ticket should be printed on both sides of A4 size paper as prescribed in Annexure B to this Notification. It should be addressed to the Joint Secretary (Departmental Tests), Kerala Public Service Commission, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 004 with the superscription “Application for Admission to the Departmental Tests for Legal Assistants-December, 2006” and should be sent so as to reach this office before 5 p.m. on 27.2.2007. In the case of candidates from Lakshdweep Island the last date fixed for receipt of application will be upto 5 p.m. on 13.3.2007. Click Here For Application Form (pdf format)
The name and address of the applicant should be stated at the bottom left hand corner of the envelope.
Applications received after the date and time specified above will not be admitted. Applications addressed to the Chairman or Members of the Commission or to the Secretary by name also will not be accepted.
10. Candidates who anticipate delay in getting their applications countersigned, may, if they so desire submit advance copies of their applications with the original chalan receipt. The orginal applications duly countersigned should be sent so as to reach this office within a fortnight after the last date prescribed in paragraph 9 above.
11. No notice will be taken of requests from candidates for permission to change the part or paper already specified in the application.
12. No form of acknowledgement other than that required by the postal rules regarding registered covers will be given about the receipt of applications in the Office of the Commission or will any notice be taken of letter from candidates enquiring about the receipt of applications.
13. A candidate who applies for admission to the test will abide by all the rules now in force and which may thereafter be brought into force in respect of the test.
14. Any candidate who does not behave properly towards the Chief/Assistant Superintendents of the Test, if found to have any recourse to malpractice of any kind, will have his/her examinations invalidated and his/her case will be reported to the Head of Department and to the Director of Vigilance Department for disciplinary action. The same penalty will be imposed on any candidates who attempts to canvass or to bring influence to bear on an Examiner or a Member of the Commission or their staff in connection with the test or on whose behalf such attempt is made by any relative, friend, patron, official or other person.
15. All communications intended for the Commission must be in writing and addressed only to the Joint Secretary (Departmental Tests), Kerala Public Service Commission, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 4.
16. The timetable and further instructions regarding the test will be intimated to the candidate individually in due course.
ANNEXURE – A
SYLLABUS FOR THE DEPARTMENTAL TEST FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS
I Paper – Code of Civil Procedure and Civil Rules of Practice.
II Paper – Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Central Act 2 of 1974) and Criminal Rules of Practice.
I Paper –The Kerala Stamp Act, 1959.
The Kerala Court Fee and Suits Valuation Act, 1960
II Paper – The Indian Limitation Act, 1963.
The Kerala Civil Courts Act, 1957.
The Kerala High Courts Act, 1959 and the Small Cause Courts Act (Act VII of 1957).
Time and marks: - Each paper will be of three hours duration. The total marks for each paper is 100 and the minimum required for a pass is 40.