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Tele-Law programme

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

Tele-Law programme:


Context:

Recently, the Justice Department commemorated the milestone of crossing 9 lakh beneficiaries under its Tele-Law programme through Common Service Centres.

 

About Tele- Law Programme:

Launched by the Ministry of Law and Justice in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in 2017 to address cases at pre–litigation stage.

  • It is a service that uses video conferencing facilities and telephone services to connect lawyers to litigants who need legal advice.
  • The concept of Tele-Law is to facilitate delivery of legal advice through a panel of lawyers stationed at the state Legal Services Authorities (SALSA) and CSC.
  • This service aims to reach out to the needy, especially the marginalized and disadvantaged.

 

Benefits/significance:

  1. Tele Law service enables anyone to seek legal advice without wasting precious time and money.
  2. The service is free for those who are eligible for free legal Aid as mentioned under Section 12 of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987. For all others a nominal fee is charged.
  3. This initiative is in line with Sustainable Development Goal-16, which seeks to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

 

Insta Curious: 

Do you know , ‘Nyaya Deep’, the official newsletter of NALSA is promoting a healthy working relationship between legal services functionaries throughout the country and is proving immensely useful for exchange of views and sharing of ideas.? Read Here briefly (This can be a good example for your GS2 answers)

 

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About NALSA.
  2. About CSCs.
  3. What is the Tele Law Programme?
  4. What are lok Adalats?

Sources: PIB.