Whom should I approach if I want to complain against one of the authorities in charge of legal aid services? What are the different legal service authorities that provide legal aid in India?
Depending on whom you want to complain against, you should choose the relevant higher authority. You can complain to1:
- National Legal Services Authority – It is the central authority at the national level that governs legal aid services across India. It is located in New Delhi and it looks after the functions of all other authorities, allocates funds to them, develops schemes for legal education, etc.
- 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. Generally, you can approach this authority if you require help and support, to submit an application, 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.
- Taluk Legal Services Committees – present in every taluk for you to approach The powers and functions of this Authority are determined by the respective District Legal Services Authority. Generally, you can approach this authority if you require help and support, and they will be able to direct you. It coordinates the activities of legal services in the taluk, organizes Lok Adalats, etc.
There are two more Committees at the Court level – Supreme Court Legal Services Committees and High Court Legal Services Committees.
- FAQs, National Legal Service Authority, https://nalsa.gov.in/faqs.
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