Ministry of Justice
Efforts to ensure a simple, accessible and affordable justice system
Posted on: Mar 16, 2023 15:44 PIB Delhi
Government efforts to ensure a simple, accessible and affordable justice system for those belonging to the socially and economically underrepresented classes include:
- The Legal Services Authority (LSA) Act, 1987 was enacted with the objective of providing free and competent legal services to vulnerable segments of society, including beneficiaries covered by Section 12 of the Act. Citizens on account of economic or other disability.
- Under the Legal Services Act, LokAdalats are organized to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity. For this purpose, legal service bodies from the Talc Court level to the Supreme Court have been established.
- Between April 2022 and January 2023, 9.75 million people will receive free legal services, and between April 2022 and February 2023, 5.54 million cases (pending in court, pre-litigation dispute) has been resolved.
- In addition, the government initiated the NyayaBandhu (Free Legal Services) program, which connects persons eligible for free legal aid under Section 12 of the LSA Act, 1987 with free lawyers. 5954 pro bono advocates were enrolled in the program and 2180 cases were enrolled by beneficiaries.
- The government-run Tele Law program provides legal advice to the general public, including those entitled to free legal aid under section 12 of the LSA Act 1987. Panchayat. Telelaw has so far served more than 33.54 million beneficiaries.
Responsibility for the development of infrastructure facilities, including facilitating accessibility for people with baseline disabilities, rests primarily with individual state governments. The central government only complements state resources in this regard through a central support scheme for judicial bases in the district and lower courts.
Funding for the construction of court buildings, residential units, lawyer halls, restroom facilities and digital computer rooms for the convenience of lawyers and litigants under the Central Support Scheme for Developing Judiciary Infrastructure Facilities will be However, states/UTs will be funded only if project proposals are subject to mandatory compliance with disability-friendly norms/accessibility standards set by CPWD/Dept.Social Justice and Empowerment, Bureau of Disability Empowerment. Only if you are. A certificate to this effect is also required by the state as part of the CSS guidelines. Under this scheme, states have ample freedom to provide additional facilities, including those that allow people with a baseline disability to easily access court facilities.
This information was provided by the Federal Minister of Justice Sri Kiren Rijiju in a written response to Raja Sabha.
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