1) Introduction : 

          The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 has been enacted to constitute the Legal Services Authorities Act to provide free and competent Legal Services to the weaker section 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.

           The Act provides for setting up of statutory legal service authorities at the National, State and District levels so as to provide effective monitoring of legal aid programmes.Section 11A and Section 11B of the said Act deals with Composition and functions of Taluk Legal Service Committee.  

2) Composition of Taluk Legal Service Committee : 

(1)  The State Authority may constitute a Committee, to be called the Taluk Legal Services Committee, for each Taluk or Mandal or for group of Taluks or Mandals.

The Taluk Legal Services Committee shall consist of -

                 (a) the senior Civil Judge operating within the jurisdiction of the Committee who shall be the ex-officio Chairman; and

                (b) such number of other Members, possessing such experience and qualifications, as may be prescribed by the State Government, to be nominated by that Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court.

 (3) The committee may appoint such number of officers and other employees as may be prescribed by the State Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court for the efficient discharge of its functions.

(4) The officers and other employees of the Committee shall be entitled to such salary and allowances and shall be subject to such other conditions of service as may be prescribed by the State Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court.

(5) The administrative expenses of the Committee shall be defrayed out of the District Legal Aid Fund by the District Authority.

3) Functions of Taluk Legal Services Committee  

              According to Section 11 (B) of the Legal Services Authorty Act 1987 functions of Taluk Legal Services Committee ar as follows :

    The Taluk Legal Services Committee may perform all or any of the following functions, namely -

          (a) co-ordinate the activities of legal services in the taluk;

         (b) organise Lok Adalats within the taluk; and

        (c) perform such other functions as the District Authority may assign to it. 

See also ...

1) Application for Legal Aid and Entitlement Criteria

2) Organisation of Lok Adalats under Legal Services Authorities Act 1987

3) Power and Functions of Central Authority under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.

4) Difference between Public Interest Litigation and Representative Suit

5) Difference Between Permanent Lok Adalat and Lok Adalat


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