Who is the Highest Law Officer of a State?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Highest Law Officer of a state is the Advocate General of the state. He or she serves as the state government’s legal counsel. The Attorney General of India has direct authority over this position. The Indian Constitution’s Article 165 has been invoked to make the provisions for this position. A person who meets the requirements to serve as a High Court judge in any state is given the position of an Advocate General of the state.

Highest Law Officer of a State

The highest-ranking legal position in a state is Advocate General of State, and they correspond to the Attorney General of India. The state’s governor chooses the candidate.

Article 177 of the Indian Constitution outlines the rights of an Advocate General of the State in the state legislature and its proceedings. The powers, privileges, and immunities of an Advocate General are outlined in Article 194 of the Constitution.

Eligibility for Highest Law Officer of a State

The following credentials are necessary for the position of Advocate General of State:

  • The candidate should be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate should have full rights to appear in a court in any of the states.
  • The candidate should not be over 62 years of age.
  • The candidate should meet any ONE of the requirements stated below;
  • A barrister with more than 5 years of work experience.
  • A civil servant with 10 years of experience and 3 years of experience as a servant in the Zila Court.
  • A pleader with more than 10 years of experience in any of the high courts.

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