National Legal Services Day 2022: Legal Services Day is observed by all state agencies on November 9 each year. The nation’s capital city continues to organise a range of legal literacy camps and events in numerous locations. People from both public and private organisations take part in the chores and camps associated with Legal Services Day.
National Legal Services Day 2022: History
Legal Services Day was instituted by the Supreme Court in 1995 and is celebrated on November 9th each year. A six-week Pan India Legal Awareness and Outreach Campaign was started on October 2 and ran until November 14 of 2021. It comprised door-to-door initiatives, legal aid clinic awareness campaigns, mobile van awareness campaigns, and legal education programmes.
National Legal Services Day 2022: Objective
Additionally, from November 8 through November 14, 2021, “Legal Services Week” was observed, during which time more than 38 crore individuals were surveyed, engaged with, or informed of their rights. The iOS version of the Legal Services Mobile Application launched an online portal for submitting Legal Aid applications that was available in 10 languages on November 9, 2021, which is Legal Services Day. This event was organised nationally by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
National Legal Services Day 2022: Significance
The purpose of Legal Services Day is to provide no-fee legal services across the nation to the weaker groups of people, including women, disabled people, members of Scheduled Tribes, children, Scheduled Castes, victims of human trafficking, and those affected by natural disasters.
Lok Adalats are also set up to ensure that the legal system functions properly and to promote righteousness among all people equally. Additionally, the government authorities’ legal message is that they have a duty to, and do, offer free legal services. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that this service is free legal aid and is not connected to the charity.
The following authorities and institutions have been set up to offer poor and vulnerable members of society free legal assistance:
- Authority for National Legal Services (NALSA)
- Committee for Supreme Court Legal Services (SCLC)
- 39 High Court Committees for Legal Services (HCLSCs)
- Authorities for State Legal Services: 37 (SLSAs)
- 2465 Taluk Legal Services Committees (TLSCs) and 673 District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs)
Individuals Eligible for Free Legal Services:
- Children and Women
- Workers from SC/ST industries
- victims of violent crime, natural disasters including floods and earthquakes, as well as human trafficking.
- disabled individuals
- People held in detention
- People whose yearly income is less than the cap imposed by the relevant State Government if the matter is before a court other than the Supreme Court, or less than Rs. 5 Lakhs if the case is before the Supreme Court.
- victims of human trafficking or the poor.