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PUNJAB LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY

Article 39-A of the Constitution implies duty on the State to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society with a view to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or any other disability.

The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 came into force throughout the country w.e.f. 09.11.1995. Thereafter Punjab Government Constituted Punjab Legal Service Authority which came into being on 04.10.1996. Hon’ble Chief Justice if Punjab and Haryana High Court is patron-in-Chief while the Hon’ble Judge is Executive Chairman of this Authority. Judicial officer of the rank of District Judge is the Member Secretary of the Authority. At each district and sub-divisional level, District Legal Services Authority as well as sub-divisional Legal Services Committee have been constituted. District & Sessions Judge is the chairman of District Legal Services Authority whereas Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) is the Chairman of Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee.

FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY PUNJAB LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY

          Punjab Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh provides free legal services to the poor and weaker section of the society to protect their legal rights.

WHO ARE ENTITLED TO FREE LEGAL SERVICES?

1. A member of Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

2. A victim of trafficking in human beings of beggar.

3. A woman or a child.

4.A person with disability such as suffering from blindness, leprosy, loco motor disability, hearing impairment, mental incapacity.

5. A victim of mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake of industrial disaster.

6. An industrial workman.

7. An under-trial in custody, including a juvenile or a mentally ill person in a psychiatric hospital of psychiatric nursing home.

8. A person with an annual  income of less than Rs, 1,50,000/-

MODES OF LEGAL SERVICES

1.    Providing Assistance of Advocates for defending the cases pending in the Courts at each level, i.e. Sub-divisional, District, High Court of Hon’ble Supreme Court.

2.    Free Legal advice.

3.    Payment of court fee, process fee, Diet money of witness, counsel fee and other miscellaneous expenses incurred in litigation.

4.    Disposal of cases through Conciliation Centre, Mediation Centre and Lok Adalats.

5.    Free services of Advocates to each under-trial/accused during Remand Hours.

HOW CAN LEGAL SERVICES BE AVAILED?

The request for availing legal services in writing of verbally, can be made to the Member Secretary, Punjab Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, District and Session Judge, Civil Judge (senior Division) at District level, Additional Civil Judge (senior Divisional) at sub-divisional level, Assistant District Attorney (Legal Services) or in the Front offices, Legal Aid Clinics and Legal Literacy Clubs.

CASES WHERE LEGAL SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED

Free Legal Services can be provided in the below mentioned cases;

1. All kind of Civil and Criminal cases.

2. Property matter & Executions.

3. Matrimonial/family dispute.

4. Appeals, writs, review/revisions etc.

5. Cases pending in the commissions and Tribunals.

6. Cases relating to violation of Fundamental Rights or Public Interest Litigation.

 

  

LOK ADALAT

The prime objective of the Lok Adalats is to settle the disputes amicably through compromise so as to save the time and money of the parties and to reduce personal enmity between them. Except non compoundable Criminal Cases, all kind of case even at pre-litigative stage can be brought before the Lok Adalat for amicable settlement.

WHEN ARE LOK ADALATS HELD?

LOK Adalats are being held in all the judicial courts in the State on every last working Saturday of the month. Similarly in Labour Courts and Consumer Courts, Lok Adalats are being held on every last Friday of the month. Apart from this, for cases relating to Women/Children, Matrimonial, MACT etc; special Lok Adalats and Mega Lok Adalats are being held after regular intervals.

HOW TO FILE THE CASE BEFORE LOK ADALAT?

Every litigant willing for settlement through Lok Adalat can request the Presiding Officer of the court where his case is pending or in case of pre-litigative matters, request can be made to Civil Judges (Sr. Div.) or Assistant District Attorney (Legal Services).

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PERMANENT LOK ADALATS

At each District headquarter of the State, two permanent Lok Adalats have been constituted where cases are taken up on every Saturday.

BENEFITS OF PERMANENT LOK ADALAT

1.    Speedy disposal of Cases.

2.    Award of Lok Adalat is deemed to be the decree of the Civil Court.

3.    No appeal lies against the Award of the Lok Adalat.

4.    Decisions are taken through compromise.

5.    Refund of entire court fee is made.

6.    Decisions are final in nature.

 

PERMANENT LOK ADALAT (PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES)

                    As per the Legal Services Authorities Act, (Amendment Act), 2002, permanent Lok Adalat (Public Services) has been constituted at district level. Pre-litigative cases relating to Public Utility Services are decided in these Lok Adalats.

WHICH ARE PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES?

1.    Transport services for the carriage of passengers or goods by Air, Road or Water;

2.    Postal Telegraph or Telephone Services.

3.    Supply of power, Light or Water to the public by any Establishment;

4.    System of Public Conservancy or Sanitation;

5.    Service in Hospital or Dispensary;

6.    Insurance services

7.    Banking, Housing & Finance Services.

HOW TO FILE CASE IN PERMANENT LOK ADALAT (P.U.S.)

 

Cases relating to Public Utility Services can be filed through an application on plain paper before the Chairman, permanent Lok Adalat for Public Utility Services. The pecuniary jurisdiction of the permanent Lok Adalat is Rs. 25, 00,000/-  

BENEFITS OF PERMANENT LOK ADALATS (P.U.S)

1.    Speedy disposal of cases.

2.    No court fee is required in filing the case.

3.    Award of Lok Adalat is deemed to be the decree of the Civil Court.

4.    No appeal can be filed against the Award of Lok Adalat.

 

 

PARA LEGAL VOLUNTEERS SCHEMES

WHO CAN BE A PARA LEGAL VOLUNTEER?

·        Advocates

·        Students

·        Social Worker

·        Teachers

·       Panches and Sarpanches

·       Anganwari Workers

·        N.S.S. Volunteers

·       Trade Union Members

·        Doctors

·        Members of NGOs

·        Members of Clubs

·       Govt. Employees etc.

 

PLVs are given training on various Laws & Acts, and thereafter Identity Cards are issued to them by the Secretary, District Legal Services Authority.

DUTIES OF PLVs

·        To educate citizens to enable them to be aware of their Right to live with human dignity and to enable them to enjoy all Constitutional rights.

·        To keep a watch on the Acts of Injustice in their area of operation.

·        To report the acts of injustice to the nearest Legal Services Authority/Committee.

·        To organize Legal Awareness Camps.

·        To spread awareness about the benefits of settlement of disputes through Arbitration, Conciliation, Mediation and Lok Adalats.

·        To create awareness among citizens for settlement of their disputes relating to Electricity, Water supply, Sewerage and sanitation, Insurance, Hospitals, Transport, Banking, Telephone/Mobile, Postal Services, etc. through permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services).

·        To manage Legal Aid Clinics.

 If you want to be a P.L.V., Apply or Call:

                                                                                            State Level                                                 District Level

 

           Member Secretary                             District & Sessions Judge-Cum-

           Punjab Legal Services Authority       Chairman,

           S.C.O. No. 30001-02                         District Legal Services Authority.

           Sector 22 D, Chandigarh                   Civil Judge (Senior Division)-Cum-

           Telefax – 0172-4652568                   Secretary, 

                                                                        District Legal Services Authority.

                                                                            Assistant District Attorney (Legal Services)

 

LEGAL AID CLINIC SCHEME

Legal Aid Clinics are being established with the prime objective to make the Legal Services accessible to the poor, marginalized and weaker sections of the society. These Clinics are being manned by panel of Advocates and Para-Legal Volunteers who have been specially trained to provide competent Legal Services to the poor people.

Legal Aid Clinics are being set up even in remote villages to provide Legal advice and services to the citizens who are not in position to engage a counselor to approach the Courts. This scheme has been designed to bring Legal Services to the doorsteps of the weaker sections of the society including women, children and members of S.C. /S.T.

OBJECTIVES OF LEGAL AID CLINICS

·        To provide free legal advice.

·        To spread legal literacy and legal awareness.

·        To provide free legal services such as drafting the petitions, notices, applications, reply to the legal notices etc.

·        To encourage amicable settlement of disputes through Lok Adalats and Mediation Centers.

·        To settle the disputes through counseling in order to avoid litigation.

·        To provide the free legal services of Advocates in complex legal matters.

 

For further query contact or call

                                                      STATE LEVEL                                                 DISTRICT LEVEL

                        Member Secretary                                       District & Sessions Judge-Cum-

                        Punjab Legal Services Authority                 Chairman,

                        S.C.O. No. 30001-02                                   District Legal Services Authority.

                        Sector 22 D, Chandigarh                             Civil Judge (Senior Division)-Cum-

                        Telefax – 0172-4652568                             Secretary, 

                                                                                               District Legal Services Authority.

                                                                                               Assistant District Attorney (Legal Services)

 

 

 

Student legal Literacy Club

 

Students Legal Literacy Clubs are being established in all Schools, Colleges and Universities in the State of Punjab. The clubs are being set up in association with National Services Scheme for the purpose of spreading legal awareness amongst the masses and to sensitize the students with regard to fundamental rights and duties.

 

ACTIVITIES OF THE CLUB FOR SPREADING LEGAL LITERACY BY WAY OF: -

·        Painting

·        Slogan Making

·        Poster Making

·        New Year Greeting Card Making

·        Street Plays

·        Debate and Declamation

·        Paper Reading

·        Legal Awareness Camps / Seminars

 

·        Any other activity as recommended by District Legal Services Authority/Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee or in-charge of the club.

 

THE MAJOR FOCUS AREAS FOR ABOVE SAID ACTIVITIES ARE AS UNDER

·        Rights of Women

·        Legal Literacy

·        Bonded labour.

·        Labour rights

·        Cruelty against women/Domestic violence

·        Corruption

·        Menace of Dowry

·        Fundamental Rights

·        Environmental issues

·        Right of children for free and Compulsory Education

·        Harassment of Women at Work Places

·        Consumer Rights

·        Laws on Marriage and Divorce

·        Lok Adalats and Legal Aid

·        Eradication of Female Foeticide

 

 

 

 

Punjab Legal Services Authority

‘Scheme for Free and Competent Legal Services – 2010’

(See para-3 of the scheme)

Format of Application for Legal Services

            Registration No.

1.   Name                                                         ______________________

 

2.   Permanent Address                                 ______________________

 

                                                                   ______________________

 

3.   Contact Address with phone no.            _______________________

If any, e-mail ID, if any.

 

4.   Whether the applicant belong to             _______________________

the category of persons mentioned

in Section-12 of the Act

 

5.   Monthly income if the applicant             _______________________       

 

6.   Whether affidavit/proof has been          ______________________

      Produced in support of income/           _______________________

Eligibility u/s 12 of the Act

 

7.   Nature of legal aid or advice required.   _______________________

 

8.   A brief statement of the case,               

If court based legal services is required     ______________________

                                                                      

                                                                        ______________________

                                   

                                                                        ______________________

 

                                                    Place:                                              

                                                    Date:                                                               Signature of the applicant

 

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