DELHI HIGH COURT LEGAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

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About DHCLSC

Delhi High Court Legal Services committee has been constituted in High Court of Delhi called High Court Legal Services Committee under sectionSection 8A of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, High Court Legal Services Committee has been established to provide free and competent Legal Services to weaker sections of the society, to provide free and competent legal service to the weaker sections of the society to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities, and to organize Lok Adalats to secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity.

HON'BLE CHAIRMAN'S DESK

HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJIV SHAKDHER

Rajiv Shakdher, B.Com. (Hons.), C.A., LL.B.- Graduated in B.Com. (Hons.) from Delhi University in 1984. Obtained LL.B. degree from Law Faculty, University of Delhi in 1987. Enrolled as an Advocate on 19 November 1987 Completed Chartered Accountancy from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1987, Admitted as an Associate Member with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India on 29 January 1988. As a chevening scholar, pursued Advanced Course in Law at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies from University of London in 1994 Was designated as Senior Advocate on 8 December 2005.

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Mr. Arul Varma, Additional District & Sessions Judge (D.H.J.S)

Mr. Arul Varma, Additional District & Session Judge, who is currently discharging functions as Secretary, Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee (DHCLSC) is an experienced Judicial Officer of the Delhi Higher Judicial Services with a diverse background.

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Who is eligible for Free Legal Aid

Free legal services can be availed from Delhi State Legal Services Authority,High Court Legal Services Committee and from all the District Legal Services Authorities situated at the premises of Delhi District Court by all the entitled persons as per rules of the act.

As per Section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 prescribes the criteria for giving legal services to the eligible persons. Section 12 of the Act reads as under

  • SC or ST
  • Women or Child
  • Person with disabilities
  • Victim of trafficking or begar
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Victim of Mass Disaster/Ethnic Violence Caste Atrocity/Flood/ Earthquake or Industrial Disaster
  • Industrial Workmen
  • Person having annual income less than Rs. 3 Lac
  • Senior Citizen having annual income less than Rs.4 Lac
  • Transgender having annual income less than Rs.4 Lac
  • Person infected and affected with HIV Aids
  • In Custody/ Protective Home/ Juvenile Home/Psychiatric Hospital/ Psychiatric Nursing Home

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR PRE-INSTITUTION MEDIATION AND SETTLEMENT

National Lok Adalat

Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee organizes National Lok Adalats for settlement of all types of pending and pre-litigation Civil and Criminal Compoundable cases regularly every month at all the 11 Districts in Delhi. DHCLSC organizes Lok Adalats in District Courts, High Court, Central Administrative Tribunal, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Debt Recovery Tribunals, Company Law Board & Revenue Courts.

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FREE LEGAL AID- NOT JUST A MATTER OF PROCEDURAL ASSISTANCE BUT A LIFELINE

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NITIN SALUJA CRIMINAL PANEL, DHCLSC

In the intricate tapestry of the legal landscape, the threads of justice are woven not only through the application of laws but also through acts of compassion and service. Legal aid and pro bono work represent the cornerstone of this ethos, offering a lifeline to those who navigate the complexities of the legal system without the means to access its benefits.

One such success story is encapsulated in W.P. (Crl.) No. 2251 of 2023, titled Anju Sonia Baby vs. State wherein the petitioner had been incarcerated for twelve long years. The Court granted her parole for three months to arrange funds for her daughter's education and to care for her elderly mother and mentally ill daughter. This case exemplifies the dire situations faced by many individuals who lack the resources to navigate the legal system effectively. Legal aid in such circumstances becomes not just a matter of procedural assistance but a lifeline, ensuring that basic rights and dignities are upheld.

In another compelling example, the case of Crl. A. 952 of 2002, Mahesh Kumar Kallu vs. State, sheds light on the intricate nuances of legal representation. The Appellant, facing charges under Sections 452, 392, 34 IPC, and 397, was ultimately acquitted. More than a decade after the appeal was listed, the emotional toll on the accused and his family was palpable, with the appellant's mother passionately pleading for her son's innocence. The crux of the acquittal rested on the prosecution's failure to establish the accused's identity as the perpetrator. Notably, the absence of identification by the complainant and the lack of incriminating evidence led to the Appellant's exoneration, highlighting the fundamental principle of justice and the importance of robust legal defence

In both instances, the pursuit of justice extended beyond legal boundaries, delving into the realms of social welfare, familial duty, and the essence of human dignity. These triumphs underscore the indispensable role of legal aid in empowering the marginalized, providing them with a voice, and ultimately, fostering a more just and compassionate society. As legal officers, it is not just about winning cases but about advocating for those who need it most, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of justice and humanity.

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