Every person who wants to file or defend a case shall be entitled to legal services if that person is
- a woman or a child; or
- a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribes; or
- an industrial workman or, or
- a victim of trafficking in human beings or beggar as referred to in Art. 23(1) of
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- 5. a person with disability as denied in clause (i) of Section 2 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation, Act), 1995; or
- 6. a victim of a mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake or industrial disaster; or
- 7. in custody, including custody in a protective home within the meaning of Cl. (g) of Section 2 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, or in a juvenile home within the meaning of clause (j) of the Juvenile Justices Act, 1986 or in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home within the meaning of Clause h), or
- 8. a person with annual income less than Rupees Three Lakhs,is entitled to avail the benefit in any court except the Supreme Court of India.
Legal Aid shall not be given in the following cases:-
- Cases of defamation,
- Cases of contempt of court or perjury,
- Proceedings relating to any election,
- Proceedings with regard to economic offences,
- Offence covered by social legislation such as complaint against untouchability, etc., The Chairman of concerned Authority may, however, grant legal aid even in said proceedings in an appropriate case.