The State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes
justice, on a basis of equal opportunity, and shall, in particular, provide free
legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any other way, to ensure
that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason
of economic or other disabilities.
India is a country where poverty and illiteracy are big issues. This is a big hurdle in access to justice.
Many people are not aware of their legal rights, sometimes they may know their rights but due to their vulnerable position, they can't approach a court of law.
Legal aid is an instrument to access justice for all. Legal aid is being provided to illiterate, ignorant and poor people.
It is a method adopted to ensure that no one can be deprived of legal assistance due to a lack of funds.
How Do You Apply?
A person can approach the concerned Authority through a written application stating reasons for seeking legal aid.
He can also apply online by filling out a legal aid application form available at the concerned websites of the legal services authorities like NALSA, SLSA, DLSA, SCLSC, HCLSC, TLSC etc
Legal Services Schemes:
Various Schemes available under the national legal services authority
Scheme for legal services to disaster victims through legal services authorities.
An Advocate has to provide legal services to indigent and poor people. It is
the highest obligation an advocate owes to society.
The Legal Services Authority Act was enacted by the Indian Parliament. It is a very useful instrument to achieve the goal of social justice as enshrined in the preamble of the Indian constitution.
It is also a lawyer's duty to render free legal service to the indigent person. Justice must not only be done but it seems to be done.
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