November 9: Legal Services Day observed in India
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) celebrates Legal Services Day on November 9 annually in India.
About Legal Services Day
- The Day is celebrated to commemorate the enactment of Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 in India.
- This day is significant for raising awareness among people regarding several provisions under the Legal Services Authorities Act. It also raises awareness on rights of the litigants.
- The Day keeps citizens informed and works for encouraging free proficient legal services for the people belonging to weaker section of the society.
- It provides a perfect opportunity for raising issues and problems with the justice system of India.
History of the day
On October 11, 1987, the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 was enacted and it came into force on November 9, 1995. Accordingly, Legal Services Day was commenced by the Supreme Court of India in 1995 in order to assist and provide help & support to the weaker sections of the society as well as to commemorate the enactment of the Act.
Establishment of the day
The National Legal Services Day was established with a mandate for offering support and help to the weaker and poor groups including women, disabled persons, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, victims of natural calamities and victims of human trafficking.
About National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)
NALSA was constituted in 1995 in accordance with the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987. It undertook the activities like free legal aid and advice to the needy. It disposes off the cases through mediation and amicable settlement. NALSA was set up with the objective of minimizing the backlogs of courts in India and afford access to justice for the needy.