1.Short title, extent and commencement.
2.Appointment of Central Law officers.
3.Qualification of the central law officers.
4Right of audience.
5Repeal and  savings.



Ordinance No. VII of 1970

15th March, 1970

 An Ordinance to provide for appointment of Central Law Officers.

Whereas it is expedient to provide for appointment of Central Law Officers and to confer on them the right of audience in all courts in Pakistan.

And whereas the national interest of Pakistan in relation to the achievement of uniformity requires Central legislation in the matter.

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the 25th day of March, 1969, read with the Provisional Constitution Order, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance :—

1.— Short title, extent and commencement. (1) This Ordinance may be called the Central Law Officers Ordinance, 1970.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2.— Appointment of Central Law officers. (1) The President may appoint one or more Additional Attorneys-General,  Deputy Attorneys-General and Standing Counsel as he may consider necessary.

(2) A person appointed under sub-section (1) shall hold office during the pleasure of the President and shall receive such remuneration and shall be subject to such conditions as may be determined by the President.

  1. Qualification of the central law officers. No person shall be qualified for appointment under sub-section (1) of section 2 unless,—

(a) in the case of an Additional Attorney-General and a Deputy Attorney-General, he is qualified for appoint­ment as a Judge of the Supreme Court, and

(b) in the case of Standing Counsel, he is qualified for appointment as a Judge of a High Court,

but no person shall be appointed under the said sub-section if he is or has been a Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court.

  1. Right of audience. In the performance of their official duties, the Additional Attorney-General, Deputy Attorney-General and Standing Counsel shall have the right of audience in all courts in Pakistan.

5.—  Repeal and savings. (1) The Deputy Attorney-General and Standing Counsel Order, 1960, is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding the aforesaid repeal, any person hold­ing office as Deputy Attorney-General or Standing Counsel immediately before the commencement of this Ordinance shall ,be deemed to have been appointed as such under this Ordinance as if this Ordinance were in force at the time when he was so appointed.

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