You can approach the following authorities for applying for legal aid:
- State Legal Services Authorities – They are in charge of governing and providing legal aid services in their particular state and governing the same at the District and Taluk level. For example, in New Delhi it is known as the Delhi State Legal Services Authority. Read here to see the list of state authorities.
- District Legal Services Authorities – The powers and functions of this Authority are determined by the respective State Legal Service Authority and providing legal aid in the district. Generally, you can approach this authority if you require help and support, to submit an application for legal aid, etc. and they will be able to direct you. It coordinates the activities of the Taluk Legal Services Committee and other legal services in the District, organizes Lok Adalats, etc.
- Supreme Court Legal Services Committees – Its functions include receiving applications for legal services, maintaining a panel of advocates to provide legal advice, determining costs related to legal services, etc.
- High Court Legal Services Committees – Its functions are the same as the, but they are to be performed at the state level and these functions have been prescribed by the state authority.