Who is the Highest Law Officer of a State?

By Devyani Singh|Updated : July 22nd, 2022

The highest law officer of a state is the Advocate General of the state. He/she is the legal advisor of the state’s government. This post directly corresponds to the Attorney General of India. 

The provisions for this post have been made under Article 165 of the Indian Constitution. The position is conferred upon an individual with the qualifications to become a High Court judge in any state. 

Who is Highest Law Officer of a State?

Advocate General of State is the highest ranking position of law officer in a state. The Governor of the state picks the candidate. The qualifications required for the post of the Advocate General of State are; 

  • The candidate should be a citizen of India. 
  • The candidate should have full rights to appear in any State’s court. 
  • 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 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 high court

The rights of an Advocate General of State in the state legislature and its proceedings have been described in Article 177 of the Indian Constitution. An Advocate General's powers, privileges and immunities have been written down under Article 194.

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FAQs about the Highest Law Officer of a State

  • An Advocate General of State is the highest ranking law officer of a state. He/She is a state equivalent of an Attorney General of India

  • The state’s Governor appoints the Advocate General of State.

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