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ENTITLEMENT TO LEGAL SERVICES
 

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Section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 – Criteria for giving legal services -

Every person who has to file or defend a case shall be entitled to legal services under this Act if that person is-

a) a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe;
b) a victim of trafficking in human beings or beggar as referred to in Article 23 of the Constitution of India;
c) a woman or a child;
d) a person with disability a defined in clause (i) of section 2 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full participation) Act, 1995 (1 of 1996);
e) a person under circumstances of undeserved want such as being victim of a mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake or industrial disaster;
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f) an industrial workman;
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g) in custody, including custody in a protective home within the meaning of clause (g) of section 2 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956(104 of 1956) or in a juvenile home within the meaning of clause (j) of section 2 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 (53 of 1986) or in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home within the meaning of clause (g) of section 2 of the Mental Health Act, 1987 (14 of 1987);
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h) in receipt of annual income less than Rupees 5,00,000. (Applicant is required to furnish an affidavit to this effect)

Section 13 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987

– Entitlement to Legal Services -

1. Persons who satisfy all or any of the criteria specified in Section 12 shall be entitled to receive legal services provided that the concerned Authority is satisfied that such person has a prima facie case to prosecute or to defend.
2. An affidavit made by a person as to his income may be regarded as sufficient for making him eligible to the entitlement of legal services under this Act unless the concerned Authority has reason to disbelieve such affidavit.

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Note : It may be mentioned here that, the litigant who has been granted legal aid by SCLSC, need not to pay any money to any official of SCLSC or to the Advocate concerned, to whom his/her case is marked, for filing Petition before the Hon'ble Supreme Court.
The granting of legal aid to the litigants, is absolutely free of cost.
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