With a view to facilitating easier access to information with regard to the legal services, Justice Dipak Misra, Judge of Supreme Court of India and Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority has conceived the idea of establishing Legal Assistance Establishments in all the State Legal Services Authorities.
The first one was inaugurated by Justice Misra in Delhi on May 17.
In such Establishments, the legal aid beneficiaries would be able to get quick information about their case status pending in any of the districts, legal aid and advice and various schemes of NALSA and Central/State Governments and can also talk to their Advocates through telephone or video conferencing.
The first such establishment has been set up at Delhi State Legal Services Authority under the aegis of NALSA at Patiala House Courts Complex, New Delhi.
Justice Misra inaugurated the aforesaid Legal Assistance Establishment (Nyaya Sanyog) in the august presence Judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Gita Mittal, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi and Executive Chairperson, DSLSA, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Judge, High Court of Delhi and Chairman, DHCLSC and other dignitaries on 17th May, 2017
“Today is a day which opens a new chapter in the progressive history of National Legal Services Authority. Almost a month back, we had taken a policy decision to have Legal Assistance Establishment (LAE) in the offices where State Legal Services Authority functions and the effort was to have them first in four cities i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai”, Justice Misra said.
Detailing the purpose of LAE, Justice Misra said “Legal Assistance Establishments are multiple services-single point establishment for providing facilities for legal aid seekers under one roof and at a single location”.
“Legal Assistance Establishments are a strategic cornerstone of the Legal Services Authorities as a part of their commitment to update the legal services seekers about their cases and 4 address the grievances of legal services beneficiaries at one stop centre”, he said.
Nyaya Sanyog would be manned by Legal Services Advocate(s) on the panel of DSLSA/DLSA along with staff of DSLSA, besides para legal volunteers, who would have knowledge about and, be in possession of database of all the activities of DSLSA/DLSAs as well as other information that may be required by people making queries. Nyaya Sanyog would be functional from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all working days.
Nyaya Sanyog would provide the following facilities:
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