Free Legal Service may be obtained in any court of law up the Supreme Court and in any Tribunal, Revenue Court as well as departments of Government and other bodies discharging quasi-judicial functions. The legal service is available in all civil, criminal, revenue and administrative matters.
Free legal service can be given in all, or any one, or more, of the following modes, namely: -
- By payment of court fee, process fee, expenses of witnesses, preparation of the paper book, lawyer’s fee and all other charges payable or incurred in connection with any legal proceedings
- Through representation by a legal practitioner in legal proceedings
- By supplying certified copies of judgments, orders, notes or evidence and other documents in legal proceedings
- By preparation of appeal paper book, including printing, typing and translation of documents
- By drafting of legal documents
Application for obtaining free legal service/aid can be made to the following authorities:
If the case is in the Supreme Court: - To the Member Secretary, National Legal Services Authority, 12/11, Jamnagar House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110011.
To the Secretary, Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, 109, Lawyers’ Chambers, Post Office Wing, Supreme Court Compound, New Delhi-110001.
NOTE: - It may be noted that those persons whose annual income does not exceed Rs. 1,25,000/- can also avail legal service in the Supreme Court of India on payment of a nominal fee and other charges. If any person falls in this category he may contact the following:-
Supreme Court Middle Income Group
Legal Aid Committee,
109, Lawyers’ Chambers,
Post Office Wing,
Supreme Court Compound,
If the case is in the High Court: - To the Member Secretary, Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Institutional Plot No.09, Sector-14 Panchkula
Email : hslsa(at)hry[dot]nic[dot]in, hslsa.haryana(at)gmail[dot]com
The Secretary, High Court Legal Services Committee, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh-160001.
(E-mail – 'highcourtchd(at)ndianjudiciary[dot]gov[dot]in')
If the case is at the District Level:-
To the District and Sessions Judge-Cum-Chairman of the concerned District Legal Services Authority. NOTE :- If there is no District and Sessions Judge posted at the seat of headquarter of a district (as distinguished from a sessions division), in such eventuality the application for obtaining free legal service/aid can be made to the Senior Most Additional District & Sessions Judge/Senior Most Judicial Officer (as the case may be)-cum-Chairman of the concerned District Legal Services Authority.
To the Chief Judicial Magistrate-Cum-Secretary of the concerned District Legal Services Authority.
If the case is at the Sub-Divisional Level: - To the Senior Most Civil Judge-Cum-Chairman of the Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee.