Now Jammu and Kashmir to have only experienced law officers

Jammu: Governor N.N. Vohra on Thursday accorded assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Law Officers (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2016.

The salient features of these Rules are: for appointment of an Additional Advocate General, a person must have at least 10 years of practice as an Advocate and at least 08 reported judgements to his credit in which he has contributed to the growth of law and is an income tax payee.

For appointment of a Deputy Advocate General a person must have at least 08 years of practice as an Advocate and at least 05 reported judgements to his credit in which he has contributed to the growth of law and is an income tax payee.

For appointment of an Advocate-on-Record in Supreme Court of India a person must have at least 07 years of practice as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India out of which 03 years should be as an Advocate-on-Record and should be an income tax payee.

For appointment as Government Advocate/ Standing Counsel, a person must have atleast 05 years of practice as an Advocate.

It may be mentioned that in absence of any Rules governing the appointment and conditions of service of these Law Officers, all appointments on these positions in the past years were being done on an adhoc basis.