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District Legal Services Authority, Morigaon

Legal Aid Counselling

District Legal Services Authority,Morigaon

Vision Statement DLSA Morigaon

Our Vision

To provide for free and competent legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society, to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity and to promote an inclusive legal services in order to ensure free and competent legal services to the marginalized and disadvantaged sector.

Our Mission

To legally empower the marginalized and excluded groups of the society by providing effective legal representation, legal literacy and awareness and bridging the gap between the legally available benefits and the entitled beneficiaries. To strengthen the system of Lok Adalats and other Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms in order to provide for informal, quick, inexpensive and effective resolution of disputes and minimize the load of adjudication on the overburdened judiciary.

Main Activities

In discharge of its functions, the DLSA, Morigaon Authority shall appropriately act in co-ordination with other governmental agencies, non-governmental voluntary social service institutions. Universities and other bodies engaged in the work of promoting the cause of free and competent legal services to the poor and shall also be guided by such directions as the NALSA or ASLSA may give to it in writing.

Lok Adalat

Lok Adalat is conducted by District Legal Services Authority. A Lok Adalat consists of a serving or retired judicial officer and not more than two social workers, one of whom should be preferably a woman. The Lok Adalat has jurisdiction to determine and to arrive at a compromise or settlement in cases pending before the courts, and also in cases which had not reached the court. In the latter, case request has to be made to the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority for taking appropriate actions. Only compoundable criminal cases can be settled before Lok Adalat. The award passed by the Lok Adalat shall be deemed to be a decree and can be executed before the court and no appeal shall lie against such an award.

Development Projects and Plans

  • Establishment of special Lok Adalats for settlement of disputes pending in various Government Departments, Local Bodies and Public Undertakings.
  • Establishment of Legal Aid Clinics and Legal Aid Centres in all the University Centres, Colleges and other selected Centres.
  • Constitution of Legal Aid Cells in every district for the purpose of dealing with the grievances of the detenues languishing in prison.
  • Constitution of separate Adalat for the settlement of disputes pending with woman's Commission in every district.
  • Establishment of permanent and continuous Lok Adalats in the District Centre for the expeditious disposal of both pre-litigative and litigative cases.
  • Establishment of Counselling and Conciliation Centres in all the District Centres. The setting up of these centres at District level would not only enable the District Legal Services Authorities to motivate parties to arrive at negotiated settlements but also held them in ascertaining as to whether a person applying for legal aid has or not a prima facie case in his favour.

Financial Aids

State Authority shall establish a fund to be called State Legal Aid Fund and these shall be credited there to

  • All sums of money paid to it or any grants made by the Central Authority for the purposes of the Act
  • Any grants or donation that may be made to the State Authority by the State Government or by any person for the purposes of the Act
  • Any other amount received by the State Authority under the orders of any court, or from any other source.

Other Activities

Publication of Legal Literature for educating the common masses on important subjects like, Human Rights, Family Laws, Consumer Protection, Constitutional Rights, Rights of Woman and Children etc. Rendering of legal service in the conduct of any case or other legal proceeding before any court or other Authority or Tribunal and giving of advice on any legal matter.