It is hereby informed to all the members of Bar and litigants that as per the calendar prepared by National Legal services Authority (NALSA), a "National Lok Adalat" for the High Court of manipur will be held on 11th february, 2023 covering on all subject matters
Legal Services includes providing Free Legal Aid to those weaker sections of the society
who fall within the purview of Section 12 of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987. It
also entails creating legal awareness by spreading legal literacy through legal awareness
camps, print media,digital media and organizing Lok Adalats for the amicable settlement
of disputes which are either pending or which are yet to be filed, by way of compromise.
NALSA also undertakes necessary steps by way of social action litigation with regards to
any matter of special concern to the weaker sections of the society. Legal services also
encompasses facilitating the beneficiaries to get their entitlements under various
government schemes, policies and legislations.
If a person wants to avail of free legal aid/ services he/she can approach the nearest.
● Taluk Legal Services Committee which is in the premises of the Court in that
● District Legal Services Authority which is in the premises of the District Court in
the District Headquarters.
● The concerned State Legal Services Committee.
● The High Court Legal Services Committee which is in the premises of the
concerned High Court.
● The Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for cases before the Hon'ble
Free legal aid entails the provision of free legal services in civil and criminal matters for
those poor and marginalized people who cannot afford the services of a lawyer for the
conduct of a case or a legal proceeding in any court, tribunal or before an authority.
Provision of free legal aid may include:
a) Representation by an Advocate in legal proceedings.
b) Payment of process fees, expenses of witnesses and all other charges payable or
incurred in connection with any legal proceedings in appropriate cases;
c) Preparation of pleadings, memo of appeal, paper book including printing and
translation of documents in legal proceedings;
d) Drafting of legal documents, special leave petition etc.
e) Supply of certified copies of judgments, orders, notes of evidence and other documents
in legal proceedings.
A person who needs free legal aid/advice can approach the concerned authority or
committee through an application which could either be made by sending a mail/letter in
written form, or by filling up the forms prepared by the said authorities stating in brief the
reason for seeking legal aid or can be made orally in which case an officer of the
concerned legal services authority or a paralegal volunteer can assist the person. A person
can also seek legal aid by applying online through the online application process as
provided on the official website of NALSA.
You have to submit the completed application form to the authority along with full
documentation which includes identity proofs, requisite certificates/affidavit as proof of
belonging to a particular category for being entitled for free legal services. For
application through the online procedure, details regarding all the relevant documents
required are provided therewith.
Yes, women irrespective of their income or lack of income are eligible for free legal
Please note that there is no fee or charge for obtaining the application form. For obtaining
legal advice, you can call or visit the office of the concerned Legal Services Authority
No, expenses like Process Fees, Drafting Fees, Typing Fees, Clerk age as well as Fees of
panel lawyers is borne by the legal service institutions.
Such persons can be assisted by the SLSAs/DLSAs/TLSCs or panel Advocates etc. The
Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) who are stationed in the villages can also gather necessary
information of such applicants and fill up the forms for them. The applicant is required to affix
signature initials or thumb impression on the same.
Legal Aid can be denied at the initial stage before the application for legal aid is
accepted. It can also be withdrawn at the later stage after the application has been
accepted and legal aid has been provided. Legal aid can be denied or withdrawn in the
● Legal aid can be denied if a person is found ineligible under Section 12 of the
Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987
● Legal aid can be withdrawn if the aided person who applied under the income
category is found to possess sufficient means.
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