The SCLSC does not entertain incomplete documents
As per Hon'ble Supreme Court, order dated 18th August, 1998 in Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 312 of 1994, titled Supreme Court Legal Services Committee Versus Union of India, and the mandate dated 29.11.2014, passed by the National Legal Services Authority, the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, does not entertain incomplete documents from the litigants, for processing their matter before the Hon'ble Supreme Court.
It may be mentioned here that the Hon'ble Supreme Court vide order dated 18.08.1998 in Writ Petition ( Crl.) No. 312 of 1994 – Supreme Court Legal Services Committee Vs. Union of India, inter alia passed the following directions :
That they will, by issuing administrative orders/instructions ensure that every prisoner /convict is provided with free copy of the judgment of the Sessions Court or the High Court in her/his case or matter within 30 days of the pronouncement of such judgment and that the Registry of the Court concerned will personally endorse such copy to the Superintendent of the jail for forwarding the same to the petitioner;
The superintendent of the jail concerned to ensure that the judgment of the Sessions Court or the High Court, as the case may be, is read out to the prisoner and explained to him in the language as understood by him;
That the prisoner will be informed by the Superintendent of every jail about the availability of legal aid in the High Courts and the Supreme Court and be asked whether he is desirous of exercising his constitutional right to avail of legal aid;
That every jail will have to provide at the cost of the State Exchequer copy of vakalatnama, proforma affidavit in the form as required by the respective High Courts and the Supreme Court for being signed by the prisoner immediately upon exercising his intention to avail of legal aid;
That the Superintendent of the jail will ensure that complete papers/records of the case are sent to the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee or the High Court Legal Aid Committee along with the signed vakalatnama and affidavit of the prisoner forthwith by registered post at the cost of State Exchequer and that if there is any delay in forwarding the papers, the reasons for forwarding the papers belatedly will accompany such papers.
that where the judgment of the Sessions Court and the High Court is in a language other than English, the Superintendent of the jail will at State's cost arrange to have the same translated before sending the papers to the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee or the High Court Legal Aid Committee, as the case may be.”.................
Mandate of the National Legal Services Authority, passed in its meeting held on 29.11.2014 under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India and then Executive Chairman, NALSA has passed the following resolution :
"..... all matters that are required to be filed before the Supreme Court be processed and prepared by the High Court Legal Services Committee, including translation of documents and that SLSAs transfer adequate funds to High Court Legal Services Committee for preparation and translation of documents before dispatch to the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for filing.”