Books for Judiciary Preparation

Updated: Aug 17

Hey there! I hope you’re fine and doing well. If you’re on this page and looking for books that might help you secure rank in judicial service examination then firstly I would like to thank you for taking this initiative. If you want to become a judge, believe me, there is nothing better for you than this.

Secondly, yes! You’re in the right place. Following are the list of books that you’ll need if your aim is to crack the examination.


CONSTITUTIONAL LAW


V.N. SHUKLA

V.N. Shukla's Constitution of India has emerged as the most authoritative and respected academic book on the Indian Constitution in twelve editions. Its excellent reputation has brought it to the forefront of the classic legal textbook.

Prof. (Dr) Mahendra Pal Singh has thoroughly revised and updated the new edition and has taken into account the developments post the publication of the previous edition.

The latest edition of V.V. Shukla’s Constitution of India has a detailed analysis of the latest Constitutional Amendments and landmark Supreme Court decisions such as:

Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Assn. v. Union of India;

  1. Madras Bar Assn. v. Union of India;

  2. Shreya Singhal v. Union of India;

  3. Common Cause v. Union of India;

  4. Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India;

  5. Jindal Stainless Ltd. v. State of Haryana;

  6. Union of India v. Harish Chandra Singh Rawat;

  7. Nabam Rebia & Bamang Felix v. Dy. Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, etc.

This book has been an ideal study and reference companion for students and practitioners alike and is frequently cited in the courts.

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MP JAIN


MP Jain Indian Constitutional Law is an authoritative, evergreen classic on Indian constitutional law. By just looking at the total no. of pages in this book you’ll make a guess how resourceful this book can be.

This book, which is currently in its eighth edition, is a thematic presentation of the complex and multi-dimensional subject of Constitutional law in a clear, comprehensive and systematic manner. The book gives the reader detailed insights which can surely help the students, research scholars, lawyers, judges, legal academics, policymakers and interested citizens seeking the knowledge in the field of constitutional jurisprudence.

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CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

C.k. Takwani

The 1908 Code of Civil Procedure contains the Law on Procedure in Civil Courts.

Civil Procedure by C.K. Takwani is an authority on the subject. It is known as a compact book with a lucid style. The commentary explains the theoretical and practical aspects of civil procedure.

The book also includes a chapter on Limitation Act, 1963 which was kept after keeping in view that Bar Council has included the Limitation Act, 1963 as a subject along with the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 in the law school curriculum.


The following are the highlights of the eighth edition:

  1. A new chapter on Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015 included.

  2. Latest statutory amendments and case laws have been included.

The author has taken care to ensure that the work continues to remain introductory in nature and does not lose its character as a “Student Edition”.

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TRANSFER OF PROPERTY

RK SINHA

The latest edition of R.K. Sinha has relevant materials up to April 2019 are incorporated and every case has been taken to make the book more useful, lucid and relevant. During this period some important provisions of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, were discussed by various Courts so as to explain hitherto unexplained dimensions of those principles.

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AVTAR SINGH

This book is the most lucid and analytical study of various sections of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882. The book is a section-wise commentary explaining the concepts in detail with the help of illustrations and judicial precedents. The text in the chapters is divided into headings and subheadings which make it easy for readers to understand and remember. At the end of these chapters, the book has provided short notes, often asked questions and also some practical problems along with their solutions, with an object to render an exhaustive coverage of the subject at hand.

In this Sixth edition, the case-law has been updated incorporating all important judgments rendered by the Courts in India since the publication of the last edition. This book is an essential reference for law students pursuing law course at different law schools, universities and institutes, enabling them to understand and gather analytical skills pertaining to the subject of “Transfer of Property”.

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CONTRACT ACT


AVTAR SINGH

Contract and Specific Relief by Dr Avtar Singh is an authoritative and most sought after book on the subject. The book deals with the intricacies of contract law in a straightforward and lucid style. The book covers many new developing areas in contract law which are of practical and academic importance.

The current twelfth edition of the book has been thoroughly revised and updated by the author. The book covers recent decisions on issues arising out of modern-day trade and commerce, which have thereby contributed to the development of the law on the subject. For example, whether an agreement entered into by e-mail process, though not signed by parties has a binding effect; whether BCCI can have an interest in events organised by the Board; whether pledgee’s right for his dues prevails over all other rights and claims; and whether privity of contract is necessary for seeking specific performance.

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EVIDENCE ACT


BATUKLAL

If you're interested in criminal law this is one of the books that you need to have in your bookshelf right now!

The author in this book has beautifully explained each and every important aspect of evidence law in the most precise manner.


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INDIAN PENAL CODE

KD GAUR

A textbook with the section-wise content flow, this work adopts an entirely different approach to the study of the law of Indian Penal Code; focusing on emerging issues as well as legislative and judicial developments. Significant changes in the well- established rules pertaining to the law of crime and developments made have been referred to at appropriate places in this work. Relevant statutory changes have been incorporated, and important decisions by apex courts in India, that have either altered the direction of legal principles or thrown new light on existing principles, have been carefully examined.

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CrPC


R.V. KELKAR



This classic work provides an interesting and lucid study of the fundamental principles of criminal procedure in a logical sequence. The topic-wise treatment of the subject along with references to academic writings and the judicial decisions makes the study of criminal procedure meaningful and comprehensible. The author has incorporated all recent developments in the field of criminal procedure since the publication of the last edition in 2008.

The following are the unique features of the book:

  1. Latest case laws including the case of Hardeep Singh (2014) and Dharam Pal (2014) have been incorporated at appropriate places in the book.

  2. Amendments made by the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2010 and Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2008 are included.

  3. Probing the Problems included at the end of the book are points for classroom discussion.

  4. The book has been designed with a new layout for emphasis and easy reference.

An indispensable book for practising lawyers, teachers and students of criminal law; it will also be of immense use to lawyers, judges, police and other officials concerned with criminal law administration.

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