Free Legal Aid

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Details of Free Legal Aid Scheme

Members of District Authority Ex-Officio Members

The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 has been enforced and the following persons are entitled to free legal aid for filing or defending a case in any court of law

1. A member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe

2. A victim of trafficking in human beings or beggar

3. A woman or a child

4. A mentally ill or otherwise disabled person

5. A victim of a mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake or industrial disaster etc

6. An industrial workman

7. Person in custody, including in a protective Home, Juvenile Home, Psychiatric Hospital or Nursing Home etc

8. A person whose annual income from all sources does not exceed Rupees Fifty Thousand (Rs.50, 000/-)

The Legal Services could be provided in any of the following modes

1. By payment of court fee, process fee, expenses of witnesses, preparation of the paper book, lawyers fee and all other charges payable or incurred in connection with any legal proceedings

2. Through representation by a legal practitioner in legal proceedings

3. By supplying certified copies of judgments, order notes or evidence and other documents in legal proceedings

4. By preparation of appeal, paper book, including printing, typing and translation of documents in legal proceedings

5. By drafting of legal documents

6. By giving legal advice on any legal matter

7. Through Mediation Centers or Family Counseling Centers

Various Amendment Acts

  • The Legal Services Authorities (Amendment) Act, 2002
  • National Legal Services Authority Rules, 1995
  • Permanent Lok Adalat (Other Terms and Conditions of appointment of Chairman and other persons) Rules, 2003
  • Punjab Legal Services Authority Rules, 1996
  • ADR Rules, 2003
  • High Court Legal Services Committee, Regulations, 1998

Recent Amendment

Particulars

Description

Name of the Scheme

Free and Competent Legal Services Scheme – 2010 (Regulations)

Sponsored by

Both: Central & State Government

Funding Pattern

National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi as well as State Government finances the scheme.

Ministry/Department

Punjab Legal Services Authority

Description

Under the scheme, budget is provided to meet the expenses of Counsel fee and to hold LokAdalat.

Beneficiaries

Individual,Family,Community,

Benefits

Benefit Type

Others,

Other Benefits

Free Legal Aid

Details of Beneficiaries

  • A member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe 
  • A victim of trafficking in human beings or begar as referred to in article 23 of the Constitution. 
  • Women/Child 
  • A mentally ill or otherwise disabled person. 
  • 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 or 
  • An industrial workman or 
  • In custody, including custody in a protective home within the meaning of clause g of section 2 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956, or in a juvenile home within the meaning of clause-j of section 2 of the juvenile Justice Act 1986, or in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home with in the meaning of clause-g of section 2 of the Mental Health Act, 1987 or 
  • In receipt of annual income less than Rs. 1,50,000/- .

Eligibility criteria

  • Persons belonging to General category having income below Rs. 1,50,000/- are entitled to get free Legal Aid. - All other beneficiaries are entitled for legal service without income ceiling.

How to Avail

  • Fill in the Legal Aid Form-cum-Affidavit for seeking free Legal Aid. The form is available with the Chairman/Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Moga as well as in the office of Assistant District Attorney (Legal Services), Moga.
 

District Legal Services Authority, Moga

The Learned District & Sessions Judge, Moga is the Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, Moga, and the Judicial Officer in the rank of Civil Judge (Sr. Div.), Moga is the Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, Moga.

                        Lawyers are being appointed for providing free legal service to the poor and needy. District Legal Services Authority, Moga is organizing monthly Lok Adalats on every last working Saturday of the month. In addition, Moga Special Lok Adalats are being organized as per schedule given by the Punjab Legal Service Authority. 

 

 

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