Pay Hike for Government Law Officers
On 1st October, 2015 The Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Legal Affairs released a notice with regards to the Revision of fee payable to various categories of Government Counsel.
Retainership fees of the Attorney General, the chief legal advisor, the Solicitor General and Additional Solicitors General have been increased by 50%, according to the Notification.
The fees of Senior Counsels on the Government's panel have also been raised by 50%, while that of junior lawyers on the panel has gone up by 67%.
Although there will be no ceiling on the number of Conference/Consultation in the case of Special Counsel, in the case of other categories of Counsels, the number of conferences per case will be limited to four
Expense proof is a must to claim reimbursements as per this Notification.
"Until now, certain claims used to be filed supported only with self-attested claims that a certain amount of money was spent in conference or other activities. Now the payment has been made strict," a Senior Assistant Solicitor General told Economic Times, requesting anonymity.
The Counsel will be paid fee at the old rates in respect of their appearance in the Court etc. and other work done by them prior to 01.10.2015 and at the revised rates in respect of the work done by them on/after 01.10.2015.
Read the notification here.