GS Paper - 2 (Polity)

Prime Minister on 30 July 2022 addressed the inaugural session of the first All India District Legal Services Authorities in New Delhi. The Prime Minister and DLSAs deliberated on different aspects relating to the judiciary and ensuring justice for all.

What

  1. This forum brings together all DLSAs to deliberate on different aspects relating to the judiciary and ensuring justice for all.
  2. According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the first-ever national-level meeting of District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) is organised from July 30-31 at Vigyan Bhawan by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
  3. The meeting deliberated on the creation of an integrated procedure in order to bring homogeneity and synchronisation across DLSAs.
  4. There are a total of 676 District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) in the country.
  5. They are headed by a District Judge who acts as Chairman of the authority. Through DLSAs and State Legal Services Authorities (SLSAs), various legal aid and awareness programmes are implemented by NALSA.
  6. The DLSAs also contribute towards reducing the burden on courts by regulating the Lok Adalats conducted by NALSA.

Flashback

  1. The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organize Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.
  2. In every State, the State Legal Services Authority has been constituted to give effect to the policies and directions of the NALSA and to give free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the State. 
  3. In every District, District Legal Services Authority has been constituted to implement Legal Services Programmes in the District.