Roles of legal services authority in India

The concept of legal aid is to provide free legal services to the vulnerable communities in the country. The core of this conception is that no one should deny justice because of their financial instability. 14th report of the Law Commission of India put forward the idea of providing free legal services to the poor by the state. Article 39A of Indian Constitution provides free legal aid to the weaker sections of the society and provides justice for all. Article 14 and Article 22(1) of the constitution which describes equality before law and equal opportunity for law is also prescribed here. On 9 November 1987, Legal Services Authority Act was enacted by the Indian parliament to enforce the provisions of the article 39A of the constitution. Every year on 9 November is celebrated as National Legal Services day in India.

National Legal Services Authority was formed on 5 December 1995 under Legal Services Authority Act 1987. Honourable Justice A.S Anand, judge, Supreme Court of India, took over as the executive chairperson on 17 July, 1997.

Currently Justice Uday Umesh Lalit is the executive chairperson and Honourable Chief Justice of India, Mr Justice N.V Ramana is the patron-in-chief of NALSA. In every state, State Legal Services Authority has been constituted and it is headed by Honourable Chief Justice of the respective High Court. In every district, District Legal Services Authority has been constituted and headed by district judge of respective district courts. Section 11A and 11B of Legal Services Act deals with Taluk legal services authority for each taluk to coordinate legal services in the taluk and to organise lok adalats.

Legal services authority has been the bedrock of justice for centuries. They aid in providing equal justice for people irrespective of their financial ability. But the negative use of legal services may lead to misuse the law to protect the underprivileged in the first place.

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