The state has decided to fill up 50 per cent posts of additional public prosecutors from the prosecution cadre.
The law department has issued a directive and its copies have been sent to district judges across the state.
The directive stated that the state needed 1,200 additional public prosecutors — 600 of whom would now be appointed from the advocate quota and the rest from the prosecution cadre, also called assistant prosecution officers.
Sources said the 197th report of National Law Commission of India had recommended filling up 50 per cent quota of the additional public prosecutors from the advocate cadre and the rest from the prosecution cadre for conduct of sessions trial in civil courts. The state government has accepted in principle to fill 50 per cent of the seats from the advocate quota and the rest from the prosecution cadre. Till now, the posts of additional public prosecutors were being filled up from the advocate quota and the assistant prosecution officers to work only in judicial magistrate courts.
In the wake of the directive of the law department, the public prosecutors will from now nominate three additional public prosecutors for every sessions court. All additional public prosecutors will work under the direction of public prosecutors, irrespective of coming from the advocate or prosecution cadre quota.
Under the new guidelines, sub-divisional prosecution officers, district prosecution officers and the additional public prosecutors will take part in the session courts and divisional prosecution officers will be engaged in administrative work in the form of district prosecution officer.