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All You Need To Know About ‘Pro Bono Legal Services’, ‘Tele Law Service’ And ‘Nyaya Mitra Scheme’

The Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched three schemes yesterday viz. Pro Bono Legal Service, Tele Law service and Nyaya Mitra Scheme.

PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICE

  • Objective of the Pro Bono Legal Service is to encourage lawyers and legal professionals to provide pro bono legal services, to recognize pro bono legal work being provided by lawyers and legal professionals, and to create a database capturing vital information of lawyers for appropriate positions in the relevant field
  • The government has also proposed to include and recognize pro bono legal assistance provided by lawyers as a yardstick to be considered for appointment to appropriate positions.
  • An online application on the Department of Justice website to enroll advocates who are interested in providing legal aid has been launched
  • Any practicing Advocate who has enrolled with a Bar Council, irrespective of his age is eligible to register
  • Lawyers interested in volunteering for pro bono services can register online with department of justice. (click here)
  • Litigants can then apply for legal aid lawyer online and seek advice online

TELE LAW

  • Tele Law’, is aimed at facilitating delivery of legal advice through an expert panel of lawyers – stationed at the State Legal Services Authorities (SLSA).
  • The project would connect lawyers with clients through video conferencing facilities at CSCs, operated by para legal volunteers.
  • The project would be launched across 1800 panchayats in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, North Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir.

NYAYA MITRA

  • Nyaya Mitrascheme, is aimed at reducing pendency of cases across selected districts, with special focus on those pending for more than 10 year
  • A retired judicial officer, or an executive officer with judicial experience, will be put in charge of assisting those suffering due to judicial delays.

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