City Civil Courts
The City Civil Courts are presided over by a Chief Judge and Five Addl. Chief
Judges in the Cadre of Districts & Sessions Judges. There is one Special
Judge in the rank of District Judge to deal with the cases arising out of
Economic Offences and five Addl. Judges in the Cadre of Sub-Judges and Eleven
Asst. Judges in the Cadre of District Munsifs. There are seven Rent Controller
Courts, two at Secunderabad and five at Hyderabad, presided over by District
Munsifs exercising jurisdiction over the twin cities of Hyderabad and
City Criminal Courts
The City Criminal Courts are presided over by one Metropolitan Sessions Judge,
three Addl. Metropolitan Sessions Judges in the Cadre of District Judges. There
is one Special Judge for Essential Commodities Act cases, One Special Judge for
CBI Cases, Twenty Metropolitan Magistrates in the Cadre of District Munsifs and
thirty two Special Metropolitan Magistrates of II class. One Mahila Court in
the Metropolitan Sessions Division, Hyderabad was established during 1986-87
with a Lady Presiding Officer in the Cadre of Sub-Judge designated as "Addl.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate-cum-Asst. Sessions Judge" to try offences against
women such as outraging modesty, rape and kidnapping.
There are four Mobile Courts in the twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad,
one Mobile Court at Visakhapatnam, two Mobile Courts presided over by Judicial
First Class Magistrates which function at Vijayawada and Guntur, and a Mobile
Court at Vijayawada, for dealing with the offences under the AP Municipalities
Act and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Act. There are three Courts in the
Cadre of Munsif Magistrates one each at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and
Hyderabad, exclusively to try the cases arising in various places under the
Factories Act and Labour Law.
In addition to the above, twenty-two Special Mobile courts function in 22
Three Special Sessions Courts one each in Guntur, Chittoor and Mahabubnagar
function exclusively to try offences falling under the provisions of Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
In addition to the above, there are also three Industrial Tribunals, Three
Tribunals for Disciplinary Proceedings, Two Sales Tax Appealate Tribunals at
Hyderabad, one State Transport Appellate Tribunal at Hyderabad, Eight
Labour Courts presided over by the District Judges are functioning at
Anantapur, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Warangal, GodavariKhani and three at
Hyderabad, Six Land Reforms Appeallate Tribunals presided over by District
Judges are functioning at East Godavari, West Godavari, Nalgonda, Warangal,
Karimnagar and Mahabubnagar. There is also one prescribed Authority, in the
cadre of District Judge, at Bobbili, to settle the claims arising under
Category-I (arrears relating to salaries and wages etc.,) and Category III
(amount due to cane growers in respect of price of sugar -cane supplied).
There are 14 Official Receivers appointed on part-time basis in Andhra Region,
one in each district excepting Vizianagaram District. There are two Additional
Official Receivers on part-time basis in West Godavari and Prakasam districts.
Legal Advisers and Counsels
There are Advocates on record and Standing Counsel for the State Government for
handling all Cases of the State Government coming before the Supreme Court.
The law officers attached to the High court are: 1. Advocate-General 2.
Government Pleaders (in High Court in Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal)
3. Assistant Government Pleaders 4. Public Prosecutors 5. Additional Public
Prosecutors 6. Special Assistant Government Pleaders.
There are panels of Advocates in the High Court as also in the Subordinate
Courts to defend the accused who cannot afford to engage an advocate on their
Legal Aid to the Poor
An amount of Rs. 10 lakh has been provided in Budget Estimates 1994-95 for
administering the Scheme of Rendering Free legal aid to the poor as well as all
the undefended accused in the State in I & II class Magistrate Courts
Andhra Pradesh Judicial Academy
There is a judicial Academy at Secunderabad functioning under the auspices of
the High Court to impart training to the newly recruited judicial officers.
The office of the Lok Ayukta and Upa-Lok Ayukta came into being on November 15,
1983. Any administrative action involving abuse of power for personal gain or
to harm any one; administrative actions motivated by improper or corrupt
motives causing loss to state or to any person and all acts involving outright
corruption or lack of integrity can be brought to the notice of Lok Ayukta. Any
citizen can make a complaint; the Lok Ayukta and Upa-Lok Ayukta suo motto can
take up investigation and finally he can act on a reference from the Governor.
Starting from ministers, all officers, except a few are covered by the Act.
To contact Lok Ayukta and Upa-Lokayukta