Frequency asked questions
Who is entitled to free Legal Services?
(a) a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
(b) a victim of trafficking in human beings or begar as referred to in Article 23 of the Constitution.
(c) a woman or a child.
(d) a mentally ill or otherwise disabled person.
(e)a person under circumstances of undeserved want such as being a victim of a mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake or industrial disaster.
(f) an industrial workman.
g) An under-Trial in custody including a Juvenile.
h) A person with an annual income of less than 1 Lakh as revised from time to time.
What is the subject in which legal services may be availed?
(a) all cases of a civil nature such as property disputes, matrimonial and custody matters, labour matters, compensation in motor accident cases, consumer disputes.
(b)Cases invloving criminal offences.
(c)Cases involving violation of fundementals rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.
How to apply for Legal Aid?
(a)By filing an application in writing stating in brief the grievance or the case for which legal aid is required.
(b)If the applicant is illiterate or is not in a position to write, the Member Secretary or an officer of the Legal Services Authority/ Committee/Counsel/Para Legal volunteer shall record his verbal submission and obtain his thumb impression on the record.
(c)The applicant shall be required to execute an affidavit in the prescribed form availableWithout fee as to verify the eligibility criteria for seeking legal services
(d)The applicant may also be examined by the Member Secretary of the Legal Services Authority /Committee to verify the facts stated in the affidavit.