AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
Article 39-A of the Constitution of India provides that the State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on the 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 are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities. On the basis of Article 39-A of Constitution the Legal Services Authorities have constituted for the purpose of provide free and competent legal services to the weaker section of the society to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities, and to organize Lok Adalats to secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basic of equal opportunity.
Creating legal awareness among the general public by organizing legal awareness functions and workshops.
Providing free legal advice by establishing legal aid clinics in all taluks and legal support and protection centers in selected villages.
Providing free legal aid (Services) to the persons entitle for it.
Amicable settlement of Pre-litigation and cases pending in the courts by organizing Lok-Adalats & Mega e-Lok Adalats (Janata Nyayalaya).
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS ARE ENTITLE FOR FREE LEGAL AID
Persons belonging to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)
Woman & Children
Victim of group clashes, violence, flood, drought, Earthquake, Industrial destruction etc.
Victim of communal clashes
Persons suffering from mental or any other disability
Persons who are under the custody of protection home mental hospital etc.,
Bonded labours and victims of human trafficking
All category of persons whose Annual Income is below Rs. 3 Lakh.(Rs.3,00,000/-)
All category of persons whose Annual Income is below Rs.3 lakhs are eligible for free legal aid in Apex Court (Supreme Court).
Legal Services Authority:
The Legal Service Authority is creating legal awareness, legal aid and settlement of disputes through amicable settlement before Lok adalath and Mediation are the main aims and functions of the Authority.
Legal awareness programmes are taken up for empowerment of legal knowledge to all the Citizens in general to the weaker sections of the society in particular, various activities are taken up to reach the vulnerable sections of the society such as SC/ST, Women & Children, Industrial Labourers etc.,
The Legal Services Authority provides legal aid by way of providing services of able efficient services of Advocates, any person, who fulfills the criteria is entitled for the legal aid. The Legal Services Authority is functioning in the name of DLSA at District Level and TLSC's at Taluk Level.
1. DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICE AUTHORITY [DLSA]
DLSA, Ramanagara has been established in the year of 2007 at District Court Complex and functioning effectively under the guidance of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi [NALSA] & Karnataka Legal Services Authority [KSLSA].
CHAIRPERSON:- Prl. District & Sessions Judge, Ramanagara.
MEMBER SECRETARY:- OOD, Senior Civil Judge, District Legal Services Authority, Ramanagara.
2. TALUK LEGAL SERVICES COMMITTEE [TLSC].
Taluk Legal Services Committee have been established in all the taluk Court Complex viz., Channapatna, Kanakapura and Magadi and functioning effectively under the guidence of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi [NALSA] & Karnataka State Legal Services Authority [KSLSA] and District Legal Services Authority [DLSA].
The Senior Civil Judge shall be the Ex-officio Chairman and Civil Judge working in taluk where the committee is constituted shall be the Member Secretary of respective TLSC's.
3. LOK ADALATH:-
Lok Adalaths and Megal Lok Adalats are organized by the District Legal Services Authority and Taluk Legal Services Committees of Ramanagara District. Conciliation is arranged between the parties to the litigation to come to an amicable settlement before the Lok adalts and such settlement reached before Lok Adalats becomes a record having equal status as that of a Judgment/Decree of the Court.
'Lok Adalat' is being conducted on 2nd Saturday of every month regularly and 'National Lok Adalat' is being conducted on 2nd Saturday Bi-monthly. Pending cases are being referred to Lok Adalat for settlement from the regular Courts. Pre-litigation cases pertaining to service provider matters are also taken up for settlement in Lok Adalt.
4. MEDIATION CENTER:-
Mediation process is functioning in the District Court premises, Ramanagara.
Mediation is one of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods contemplated under Section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party (Trained Mediator) assists the disputing parties to effectively resolve their disputes without going to trial. Mediation provides a unique opportunity to the parties to voluntarily settle their disputes with the involvement and participation of all the parties and their advocates.
A neutral third party called "Mediator" uses special negotiation skills and communication techniques to help litigants bridge their differences and find a solution to their dispute. Mediation always leaves the decision making power with the parties.
A Mediator does not decide what is fair or right or apportion blame. Rather, a mediator acts as a catalyst to bring the two disputing parties together by defining issues and eliminating obstacles for communication and settlement.
5. LEGAL AID CLINICS:-
Legal Aid Clinics have been established in all the District & Taluka Courts of Ramanagara District and Panel Advocates have been appointed to all the Front Office at District & Taluka Courts of Ramanagara District, Senior Citizen Centre, SP Office Ramanagara, District Prison Ramanagara and Village care support centers to provide legal advice and to help the Marginalised people, Under Trial Prisoners, Women & Children, Schedule caste/Schedule Tribe and people having income less than three lakh per annum.
1. Sec. 4(1)(b) of RTI Act, 2005 relating to the DLSA, Ramanagara
2. The powers and duties of the Officers and Employees of the DLSA, Ramanagara
3. Acts and Rules relating to the DLSA, Ramanagara
District Legal Service Authority at the District
1. List of trained Panel Advocates, who are working with District Legal Service Authority , Ramanagara.
2. List of selected PLV's among the groups refer to in the NALSA Schemes for Para-Legal Volunteers
District Legal Services Authority,
District Court Complex,
Ramanagara – 562 159.
Ph. No.: 080-27273445.