Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Payment of Legal Fee to Central Government Counsels

Clearance of Doubt regarding Payment of Legal Fee

Office of Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 110 010.

No.: LC/Advocate Fee Bill/Vol.II
Dated: 27.09.2018

Subject:-Payment of Legal Fee to Central Govt. Counsels - clarification reg.

With reference to the existing provisions relating to payment of Legal Fee to Central Govt. Counsels, certain doubts raised by the office of PCDA have been taken-up with the Ministry of Law & Justice, Department of Legal Affairs (Judicial Section) for clarification/guidelines. Based on the clarifications received, the summary of the points of doubt and clarification are as given below:-

No.Existing provisions and point of doubtClarification
(i)The revised fee structure applicable to Govt. Counsels of Supreme Court/ High Court/CAT/Distt. Courts has been notified by Min. of Law & Justice, Dept. of Legal Affairs vide their OM bearing No. 26(1)/2014/Judl. dated 01.10.2015. As per the said OM dated 01.10.2015, payment of legal fee fornon-effective hearings in a case has been restricted to five (05) and payment of legal fee for Conferences in a case has been restricted to four (04).
Point of Doubt
In case, the Govt. Counsel has been changed during the pendency of a case who has already been paid for maximum number of non-effective hearings & conference, whether the newly appointed Govt. Counsel can be paid fee for another five (05) non-effective hearings & (04) conference or not.
The OM No.26(1)/2014-Judl. Dated 01.10.2015 itself restricts the payment to a maximum of five non- effective hearings. Hence, a new counsel appointed during the pendency of a case will not be eligible for payment for non-effective hearings in case the limit of five as stated in above in above- mentioned OM is exhausted.
(ii)In case, a proxy Counsel has appeared on behalf of nominated Govt. Counsel, Whether legal fee {effective or non effective} can be paid to the CGSC for hearings appeared by proxy counsel.When proxy/private counsel has appeared on behalf of the Govt. Counsel in a matter, such nominated counsel is not entitled to payment of fee bill.

The relevant OM dated 01/10/2015 is available on the website of the Ministry of Law & Justice, Department of Legal Affairs.

2. All the legal fee bills of Govt. Counsels may be regulated accordingly.
(Must Ahmad)


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