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Supreme Court Legal Services Committee (SCLSC)

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Source: IE

 Context: Supreme Court judge Justice BR Gavai has been nominated as the Chairman of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee (SCLSC), succeeding Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

What is SCLSC?

The Supreme Court Legal Services Committee (SCLSC) was established under Section 3A of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, to provide “free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of society.”

The committee is composed of Chairperson BR Gavai and nine members nominated by the Chief Justice of India (CJI). It has the authority to appoint officers and employees as prescribed by the Centre, in consultation with the CJI.


Constitutional provisions

  • Free Legal Aid: Article 39A emphasizes the need for accessible justice, ensuring free legal aid for the poor and weaker sections of society
  • Articles 14 and 22(1): Promoting equality and informed rights for all under

About the Act: 

Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 gives a statutory base to legal aid programs, ensuring free and competent legal services for various eligible groups. NALSA, constituted in 1995, monitors and evaluates the implementation of legal aid programs nationwide. State Legal Services Authorities and District Legal Services Authorities are established to execute NALSA’s policies and provide legal services at the state and district levels.