The Kerala High Court Advocates' Association (KHCAA) has instituted the KHCAA Junior Lawyers' Scheme - 2020 in order to provide financial assistance to junior lawyers upto a maximum of Rs. 7500/- as an immediate measure in view of the Coronavirus outbreak and national lockdown.
Constituted through the Kerala High Court Advocates' Association Junior Lawyers Welfare Fund Committee (KHCAAJLWFC), the KHCAA aims to provide financial aid to "Junior Lawyers" who are active members of the KHCAA, not above the age of 35c actively practising and have not completed 7 years from the date of his/her enrolment under the Advocates Act, 1961.
It will not include advocates who have enrolled or resumed practice after retirement from any other employment.
The procedure to apply for the welfare scheme are as follows:1. A formal application has to be sent by the Junior Lawyer to the KHCAA through email address [email protected] on or before 6.4.2020 in the format which has been given in the Resolution.
2. The applications will be scrutinized by the committee appointed by the KHCAA for the same. The selection of the beneficiary would be based on the following criteria to ensure that the neediest are benefited.
a) Preference will be given to the most junior Advocates for selection.
b) Person with active practice below one year will be given 7 points and one point each will be deducted for every additional year of practice, for determining the eligibility for the scheme.
c) Preference will be given to persons who are not under a senior at present, or has recently started to practice independently. If a junior Advocate is practicing independently now, he will be awarded 3 points, and a junior practicing under another lawyer will not be given any points.
d) Points will be given to applicants who are found to be in most financially indigent situation based on an objective assessment of the committee. For this, 5 points would be given at the discretion of the committee based on the financial circumstances of the applicant. An applicant capable of getting support from family will be given lesser points than an applicant who does not have that advantage.
e) A sole breadwinner of the family will get an additional 5 points.
3. The name and details of the applicant shall be kept as confidential and shall be released out only with the express consent in writing of the applicant.
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