Law minister seeks performance report of govt counsels

JAMMU:J&L Law minister Syed Basharat Bukhari has sought performance report of the law officers representing the state government departments in the Jammu and Srinagar wings of the high court.
“I am directed to request you to furnish to the Secretary to the Government, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, before May 15, 2018, the performance report of Law Officers of Jammu and Srinagar wings of the high court with respect to the conduct of the court, enabling the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to review the functioning of the law officers of both the wings of the high court,” a law department order said today.
A communication was issued by the department to the financial commissioners, principal secretaries, commissioner secretaries and secretaries to the government and heads of departments to furnish a performance report of the law officers. Pertinently, the law department had in February issued a stern warning to government counsels against playing truant with their professional responsibilities. “The high court of Jammu and Kashmir, vide order passed, has observed that senior AAGs, DAGs and government advocates are not filling the ‘Memo of Appearance’ and are seeking unnecessary adjournment in the matters,” the department had said.