Chief Justice’s

Court in the old building of the High Court

Office of the Advocate General, Odisha

Ashok Kumar Parija, Advocate General, Odisha

Advocate General is the head of the panel of lawyers representing the State Government in litigation before the High Court of Orissa. The office came into existence on 1st April, 1936 when the separate province of Odisha was created. Justice Bira Kishore Ray, who later became the first Chief Justice of the High Court after its establishment, was the first Advocate General of the province. The province was then within the jurisdiction of High Court of Patna, with a circuit bench functioning at Cuttack. Later, Swami Bichitrananda Das became the first Advocate General when High Court of Orissa was established in July, 1948. The present Advocate General Ashok Kumar Parija assumed office on 26th June, 2019.

General of the province. The province was then within the jurisdiction of High Court of Patna, with a circuit bench functioning at Cuttack. Later, Swami Bichitrananda Das became the first Advocate General when High Court of Orissa was established in July, 1948. The present Advocate General Ashok Kumar Parija assumed office on 26th June, 2019.

The office had been functioning in two floors in a portion of the old building of the High Court. In 2022 the State Government allotted a separate building for the extension office of the Advocate General near the High Court. Consequently, the ground floor of the High Court building has been vacated Besides, a separate building for the office of the Advocate General is proposed to be constructed in front of the High Court.

The Advocate General is assisted by the Government Advocate, Standing Counsel, Additional Government Advocates and Additional Standing Counsel otherwise known as Law Officers. The appointment, conditions of service, duties, rights and liabilities of Law Officers other than Advocate General for conducting cases in the High Court of Orissa and the procedure for the conduct of Government cases are governed by the Law Officers of the High Court (Recruitment, Remuneration and Duties) Rules, 1974. At present there are 72 Law Officers in the panel.

The office of the Advocate General monitors the Litigation Management System (LMS) of the State Government devised for easy access of the pleadings and orders by the Government offices for preparation of counter affidavits and replies and for compliance of the direction of the High Court by judicial orders. The office has also facilitated digitization of the pending case records of the High Court which is presently going on in a large scale.The cases and documents are filed by the Law Officers through e-Filing.

Law Officers

Government Advocate

Jyoti Prakash Patnaik

Additional Government Advocates

Dilip Kumar Mishra

Soubhagya Ketan Nayak

Amiya Kumar Mishra

Janmejaya Katikia

Lalatendu Samantaray

Prem Kumar Patnalk

Arupananda Das

Smt. Saswata Patnaik

Bibhu Prasad Tripathy

Pravat Kumar Muduli

Ajaya Kumar Nanda

Ajodhya Ranjan Dash

Debakanta Mohanty

Y.S.P Babu

Prabhu Prasad Mohanty

Shakti Prasad Panda

Manoj Kumar Khuntia

Smt. Suman Pattanayak

Dhananjay Mund

Satya Sundar Kanungo

Harmohan Dhal

Rabi Narayan Mishra

Sibani Shankar Pradhan

Abhaya Kumar Sharma

Saroja Kanta Samal

Pradip Kumar Rout

Sukumar Ghose

Surya Narayan Patanaik

Debasish Nayak

Saswat Das

Ch. Satyajit Mishra

Subhashish Pattanaik

Malaya Ketan Balabantray

Nihar Kanta Prahraj

Standing Counsel

Tapas Kumar Praharaj

Additional Standing Counsel

Purna Chandra Das

Ms. Samapika Mishra

Swayambhu Mishra

Priyabrata Tripathy

Uttam Kumar Sahoo

Sidhartha Sankar Mohapatra

Sukumar Ghose

Surjya Ranjan Roul

Smt.Susama Rani Sahoo

Manoj Kumar Mohanty

Anand Prakash Das

Karunakar Das

Sangram Keshari Mishra

Abhinandan Pradhan

Sailaza Nandan Das

Tarun Patnaik

Debendra Kumar Mohanty

Gyana Ranjan Mohapatra

Sachidananda Nayak

Karunakar Gaya

Rajesh Tripathy

Pranaya Kumar Maharaj

Pushparaj Bharadwaj

Samaresh Jena

Ishwar Mohanty

Sonak Mishra

Baibaswata Panigrahi

Sitikanta Mishra

Manoranjan Mishra

Debasish Biswal

Sanjay Rath

Prasanna Kumar Mohanty

Shashanka Shekhar Patra

Arnav Behera

Nikhil Pratap

Hari Krushna Panigrahi

Advocate General and Law Officers