Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Research, (CALSAR), Thiruvananthapuram

Legalaid is a kind of legal help or in other words,the provision of assistance to people who areUnable to afford legal representation and access to the court system,this is the basic concept of legal aid.In India a person eligible for free legal aid should have an annual income less than 5 lakhs.

Aadith Ajayan
Kerala law Academy law College

This institution was first found by Trevor Harries Committeein West Bengal,1949 Initiatives by the state governments such as The Legal Aid formed in1952 in UP. Later Legal Aid Committee Was formed in Madras on1954 and soon.In Kerala LegalAid was formed on1957,on the basis of 14 Report Of The Law Commission of India.

In 1987 the Legal Services Authorities Act was enacted by the Parliament which came intoForce on 9th November,1995 to establish a nationwide uniform network for providing free and Competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society on the basis of equal opportunity.The major features of LegalServices Authorities Act 1987 is the hierarchical legal Service institutions in the district,state and central criteria for providing legal aid,Lok Adalat and Free legal aid.Under Indian constitution article 39A provides that State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity,and shall in particular, provide free legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any other way, to ensure that opportunities for securing justice.Legal aid is also considered as a Human right

under some circumstances.The introduction of National legal services authority was  milestone under this act.Free Legal awareness,free legal aid counsel, NALSA, State Legal Services Authority, National levelLokAdalat ,permanent LokAdalat, Mobile LokAdalat, Mega LokAdalat these were the most prominent and highlighted features of the legal services.

Author Name: Aadith Ajayan

Designation: student

University/College Name – Kerala law Academy law College

Email ID: aadithajayan@gmail.com

Contact no- 9745491194

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