First All India District Legal Services Authorities Meet
First All India District Legal Services Authorities Meet was held July 30, 2022. Its inaugural session was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was also attended by Chief Justice N V Ramana and other judges of Supreme Court. On the occasion, a postal stamp on ‘Right to free legal aid’ was also released.
Highlights of the meet include;
- The First All India District Legal Services Authorities Meet was held on July 30 and July 31, at Vigyan Bhawan.
- It was held by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
- Meeting dwelled on creation of the integrated procedure, with the objective of bringing homogeneity and synchronisation across District Legal Services Authorities.
In India, there are 676 District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs). District Judge acts as the Chairman of DLSAs. NALSA implements several legal aid and awareness programmes, through the DLSAs and State Legal Services Authorities (SLSAs). DLSAs also helps in lower the burden on courts by regulating Lok Adalats conducted by NALSA.
NALSA was established on November 9, 1995, in accordance with the authority of Legal Services Authorities Act 1987. It was established with the objective of providing free legal services to eligible candidates as well as to organize Lok Adalats to resolve cases timely. Chief Justice of India acts as the patron-in-chief of NALSA. On the other hand, second senior-most Judge of Supreme Court of India acts as the Executive-Chairman. Similar mechanism is followed at the state level, headed by Chief Justice of High Courts and district level, headed by Chief Judges of District courts. Its main objective is to reduce burden of judiciary through speedy disposal of cases.
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