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Legal Services Authority: 0484-2396717/ 2395717/ 2562919

The intention of the Kerala State Legal Services Authorities Act is to constitute Legal Services Authorities to provide free and competent Legal Services 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 organise Lok-Adalats to secure that the operations of the legal system promotes justice, on a basis of equal opportunity.

  • Kerala State Legal Services Authority
    Niyama Sahaya Bhavan,
    High Court Compound
    Ernakulam, Kochi,
    Kerala State
    Pin Code: 682 031

It shall be the duty of the State Authority to give effect to the policy and directions of the central Authority.

Without prejudice to the generality of the functions referred to above the State Authority shall perform all or any of the following functions namely:

a) Give legal service to persons who satisfy the criteria laid down under Section 12 of the Act. (As per Section 12 of the Act every person who has to file or defend a case shall be entitled to legal services under the Act if that person is.

  • a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; or
  • a victim of trafficking in human being or begar as referred to in Article 23 of the Constitution or
  • a woman or a child; or
  • a mentally ill or otherwise disabled person; or
  • a person under circumstances of underserved want such as being a victim of a mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earth-quake or industrial disaster; or
  • an industrial workman; or. 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 a 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); or
  • in receipt of annual income Rs. 12000/- or such other higher amount as may be prescribed by the State Government, if the case is before a court other than the Supreme Court, and less than Rs. 12000/- as such other higher amount as may be prescribed by the Central Government, if the case is before the Supreme Court.)
  • in receipt of annual income Rs. 12000/- or such other higher amount as may be prescribed by the State Government, if the case is before a court other than the Supreme Court, and less than Rs. 12000/- as such other higher amount as may be prescribed by the Central Government, if the case is before the Supreme Court.)

b)Conduct of Lok Adalats, including Lok Adalats for High Court cases;
c)Under take preventive and strategic legal aid programmes; and
d)Perform such other functions as the State Authority, may in consultation with the Central Authority fix by Regulations.

Main Activities

In discharge of its functions, the State Authority shall appropriately act in co-ordination with other governmental agencies, non-governmental voluntary social service institutions. Universities and other bodies engaged in the work of promoting the cause of legal services to the poor and shall also be guided by such directions as the Central Authority may give to it in writing.

Lok Adalat

Lok Adalat is conducted by High Court Legal Services Committee, District Legal Services Authorities and Taluk Legal Services Committees. A Lok Adalat consists of a serving or retired judicial officer and not more than 12 social workers, one of whom should be preferably a woman. The Lok Adalat has jurisdiction to determine and to arrive at a compromise or settlement in cases pending before the courts, and also in cases which had not reached the court. In the latter case request has to be made to the Chairman District Legal Services Authority or Taluk Legal Services Committee for taking appropriate actions. Only compoundable criminal cases can be settled before Lok Adalat. The award passed by the Lok Adalat shall be deemed to be a decree and can be executed before the court and no appeal shall lie against such an award.

Development Projects and Plans

  • Establishment of special Lok Adalats for settlement of disputes pending in various Government Departments, Local Bodies and Public Undertakings.
  • Establishment of Legal Aid Clinics and Legal Aid Centres in all the University Centres, Colleges and other selected Centres.
    Constitution of Legal Aid Cells in every district for the purpose of dealing with the grievances of the detenues languishing in prison.
  • Constitution of seperate Adalat for the settlement of disputes pending with woman's Commission in every district
    Establishment of permanent and continuous Lok Adalats in the District Centre for the expeditious disposal of both pre-litigative and litigative cases
  • Establishment of Counseling and Conciliation Centres in all the District Centres. The setting up of these centres at District level would not only enable the District Legal Services Authorities to motivate parties to arrive at negotiated settlements but also held them in ascertaining as to whether a person applying for legal aid has or not a prima facie case in his favour.

Financial Aids

State Authority shall establish a fund to be called State Legal Aid Fund and these shall be credited there to

  • all sums of money paid to it or any grants made by the Central Authority for the purposes of the Act.
  • any grants or donation that may be made to the State Authority by the State Government or by any person for the purposes of the Act.
  • any other amount received by the State Authority under the orders of any court or
  • from any other source.

Other Activities

Publication of Legal Literature for educating the common masses on important subjects like, Human Rights, Family Laws, Consumer Protection, Constitutional Rights, Rights of Woman and Children etc.

Rendering of legal service in the conduct of any case or other legal proceeding before any court or other Authority or Tribunal and giving of advice on any legal matter.

Application forms and Procedures

Two forms are prescribed as per Regulation Form No: 1: Any person desirous of receiving legal services may make an application in form No: 1 to the High Court Legal Services Committee, District Legal Services Authority or Taluk Legal Services Committee, as the case may be (specimen form is appended)

Two forms are prescribed as per Regulation Form No: 1: Any person desirous of receiving legal services may make an application in form No: 1 to the High Court Legal Services Committee, District Legal Services Authority or Taluk Legal Services Committee, as the case may be (specimen form is appended).

Laws

  • Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 (Act 39 of 1987 (as amended by the Legal Services Authorities (Amendment) Act, 1994 (59 of 1994)
  • Kerala State Legal Services Authorities Rules, 1998.
  • Kerala State Legal Services Authority Regulations, 1998
  • Kerala State Legal Services Authority (High Court Legal Services Committee) Regulations, 1990.
  • Section 304 of Criminal Procedure Code-Legal Aid to accused at State expenses in certain cases.
  • Order 33 Code of Civil Procedure deals with suits by indegent persons. Provisions intended to enable indegent person to institute suits without payment of court fees.

AREA WISE OFFICERS

Thiruvananthapuram District
Office Address
1. State Legal Services AuthorityMemberSecretary, TC-24/1899, Nirvana,
DPI, Thiruvananthapuram-695014.
E-mail: kelsa @ eth.net
2. Chairman Thiruvananthapuram District
Legal Services Authority,(District Judge), Thiruvananthapuram
3. Thiruvananthapuram Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Prl.Sub Judge], District Court Premises,Thiruvananthapuram
4. Neyyattinkara Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge], Neyyattinkara
5. Nedumangad Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge], Nedumangad
6. Chirayinkeezh Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge], Attingal
Kollam District
Office Address
1. Kollam District Legal Services Authority Chairman, District Judge, Kollam
2. Kollam Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Prl.Sub Judge), Kollam
3. Kottarakara Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Sub Judge), Kottarakara
4. Pathanapuram Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Presiding Officer),
Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal, (District Judge) Punalur
5. Karunagappally Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Munsiff), Karunagappally
6. Kunnathur Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman (Munsiff Magistrate),
Sasthamkotta
Kottayam District

Office

Address

1. Kottayam District
Legal Services Authority
Chairman, District Judge,Kottayam
2. Kottayam Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman, [Addl] Sub Judge,Kottayam
3. Changanacherry Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff] Changanacherry
4. Meenachil Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge] Pala
5. Kanjirappally Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff] Kanjirappally
6. Vaikom Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Munsiff]? Vaikom
Idukki District

Office Address
1. Idukki District
Legal Services Authority
Chairman, District Judge, Thodupuzha
2. Thodupuzha Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman, Sub Judge, Thodupuzha
3. Peerumade Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman (Munsiff Magistrate) Peerumade
4. Devikulam Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman (Munsiff Magistrate) Devikulam
5. Udumpanchola Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman (Sub Judge)Udumpanchola
  • Ernakulam District

Office

Address

1. Ernakulam District
Legal Services Authority
Chairman, District Judge, Ernakulam
2. High Legal Services Committee Secretary, High Court Legal Services Committee, HighCourt Complex, Cochin
3. Kanayannur Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [First Class Addl. Sub Judge], Ernakulam
4. Kochi Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Prl. Sub Judge] Kochi
5. Aluva Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff] Aluva
6. Kunnathunad Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Presiding Officer] Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal [District Judge] Perumbavoor
7. North Paravoor Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Addl.DistrictJudge]
North Paravoor
8. Muvattupuzha Taluk
Legal Services Committee
[For Kothamangalam and Muvattupuzha Taluks] Chairman [Presiding Officer Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal] Muvattupuzha
  • Thrissur District

Office

Address

1. Thrissur District
Legal Services Authority
Chairman, District Judge,
Ernakulam
2. Thrissur Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Prl. Sub Judge]
Thrissur
3. Thalappally Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff],
Vadakkancherry
4. Mukundapuram Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Prl Sub Judge], Irinjalakuda
5. Chavakkad Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff] Chavakkad
6. Kodungallur Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff]? Kodungallur
  • Malappuram District

Office

Address

1. Malappuram District Legal Services Authority Chairman, District Judge,Manjeri
2. Eranad Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Sub Judge] Manjeri
3. Tirur Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Presiding Officer] Motor
Accidents Claims Tribunal, District Judge] Tirur
4. Ponnani Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Munsiff Magistrate],Ponnani
5. Perinthalmanna Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Munsiff Magistrate],
Perinthalmanna
6. Thirurangadi Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Munsiff] Parappanangadi
7. Nilambur Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman [Munsiff] Manjeri
  • Palakkad District

Office

Address

1. Palakkad District
Legal Services Authority
Chairman, District Judge,Palakkad
2. Palakkad Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Prl Sub Judge] Palakkad
3. Chittoor Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff] Chittoor
4. Alathur Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff] Alathur
5. Ottappalam Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge],Ottappalam
6. Mannarkad Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Munsiff Megistrate]Mannarkad
  • Kozhikode District

Office

Address

1. Kozhikode District
Legal Services Authority
Chairman, District Judge, Kozhikode
2. Kozhikode Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Addl. Sub Judge] Kozhikode
3. Vadakara Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge], Vadakara
4. Koyilandy Taluk
Legal Services Committee
Chairman [Sub Judge], Koyilandy
  • Kannur District

Office

Address

1. Kannur District Legal Services Authority. Chairman, District Judge,Thalassery
2. Kannur Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Munsiff) Payyannur
3. Thaliparambu Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Sub Judge), Kalpetta
4. Thalassery Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Prl Sub Judge),Thalassery
  • Kasaragode District


Office

Address

1. Kasargode District Legal Services Authority Chairman, District Judge, Kasargode
2. Kasargode Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Prl Munsiff) Kasargode
3. Hosdurg Taluk Legal Services Committee Chairman (Sub Judge), Hosdurg

For more information: www.kelsa.nic.in