After Supreme Court’s directions to do away with “political aggrandizement and appeasement” in appointment of law officers in the Advocate General (A-G) office, Haryana cabinet on Tuesday approved Haryana Law Officers (Engagement) Rules, 2016, to fix minimum qualification and criteria for selection of law officers.
The government will now invite applications for engagement as law officers through its official website.
As per new rules, an advocate to be considered for appointment to the post of Senior Additional Advocate General should have a minimum of 15 years legal practice and should have conducted at least 75 cases in last one year. Similarly, an advocate with a minimum practice of 12 years who had conducted not less than 55 cases in last one year would be eligible for consideration to the post of Additional Advocate General. Candidate for post of Senior Dy Advocate General should have a minimum practice of 10 years and should have conducted at least 45 cases in the last one year.
For the post of Dy A-G, the candidate should have minimum of eight years’ practice and conducted 35 cases in last one year. At the same time, an advocate with at least five years’ legal practice and has conducted minimum of 25 cases in last one year is eligible to apply for the post of Assistant A-G.
Haryana Advocate-General Baldev Raj Mahajan said, “We have followed Supreme Court’s directions to bring transparency in selection of law officers. These rules would be followed henceforth for selection of new law officers.”