Jammu: The Raj Bhawan on Thursday cleared service rules for the appointment of law officers in Jammu and Kashmir, linking it with lawyers’ seniority and performance in courts.
A majority of additional advocate generals, deputy advocate generals and other law officers appointed by the PDP-BJP government were relatives of either former ministers, legislators or politicians or judges.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir Law Officers (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2016, cleared by governor NN Vohra, a person to be eligible for the post of additional advocate general must have been practicing as an advocate for at least 10 years and must have at least eight reported judgments to his/her credit in which he/she has contributed to the growth of law and is an income tax payee.
For the post of deputy advocate general, a person must have at least eight years of practice as an Advocate and at least 5 reported judgments.
For appointment to the post of advocate-on-record in Supreme Court of India, a person must have at least seven years of practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India out of which three years should be as an advocate-on-record and should be an income tax payee.
For appointment as a government advocate or standing counsel, a person must have at least five years of practice as an advocate.
The spokesman said that in the absence of any rules governing the appointment and conditions of service of these Law Officers, all appointments on these positions in the past had been made on ad hoc basis.