Legal Aid Counselling
District Legal Services Authority,Morigaon
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.
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.
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 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
State Authority shall establish a fund to be called State Legal Aid Fund and these shall be credited there to
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.