INFORMATION PERTAINING TO HARYANA STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY AS REQUIRED
UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 PUBLISHED BY MINISTRY OF LAW
AND JUSTICE (LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT) IN THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA GAZETTE VIDE N0. 22
OF 2005 ON 21 JUNE, 2005.
RESUME OF LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITIES ACT, 1987 (ACT NO. 39 OF 1987).
As per 42nd Amendment Act of 1976 a new provision, Article 39-A was
incorporated in the Constitution for providing free legal aid and concept of equal
justice found a place in our Constitution. Article 39-A which was incorporated
under Part-IV – Directive Principals of State Policy reads as under: -
Equal Justice and Free Legal Aid “The State shall secure that the operation of
the legal system promotes justice, on a basis of equal opportunity, and shall, in
particular, provide free legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any
other way, to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to
any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities.”
In the light of the above said amendment, the Government of India has by resolution dated 26 September,
1980 constituted a Committee known as “Committee for Implementing Legal Aid Schemes” under the
Chairmanship of Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.N. Bhagwati. After that the Parliament passed the Legal Services
Authorities Act, 1987 which was enforced with effect from 9.11.1995 by the Central Government vide
notification S.O. 893 (E) dated 9.11.1995. Chapter III, under the heading “State Legal Services Authorities” was
enforced subsequent there to in different States and Haryana State Legal Services Authority also thus came
into existence vide notification No. S.O.(E) dated 3.4.1996 of the Government of India Ministry of Law, Justice
and Company Affaires.
As per section 6 of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 the Government of Haryana vide notification No. GSR-
16/CA-39/1987/S.28/96 dated 21.5.1996 has framed the Rules called the Haryana State Legal Services
Authority Rules, 1996.
Free legal aid to the persons entitled under Clause (h) of Section 12
of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 read with Rule 19 of
Haryana State Legal Services Authority Rules, 1996.
To arrange alternative modes of disputes redressal like
(a) Lok Adalat
(b) Rural Lok Adalat
(c) Permanent & Continuous Lok Adalat
(d) Lok Adalat for Public Utility Services
(e) Counselling and Conciliation Centres
To create awareness amongst the masses about their legal rights
This Authority was constituted with aims and objects of ‘Access To Justice For All’. The process
to achieve this object is by way of organizing various activities such as settlement of disputes
pending with the courts as well as at pre-litigative stage through the medium of Lok Adalats. The
Act also visualize that the problem of overburdened courts can be tackled by speedy disposal of
pending cases as well as taking preventive measures so as to check the inflow of cases in the
courts. Such type of disputes can take the shape of legal disputes and can be settled by way of
pre-litigative settlement of disputes.
Haryana Government vide Notification No. 20/10/96-4JJ(I) dated 15.10.1997 has constituted State Authority
under Section 6 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 consisting of the following Members, namely:-
Sr. Name of post Designation
1. Hon'ble Chief Justice of High Court of Punjab and Haryana Patron-in-Chief
2. Hon'ble Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court Executive
3. Advocate General, Haryana, Punjab and Haryana High Court Member
4. Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary to Government of Member
Haryana, Administration of Justice Department,
5. Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary to Government of Member
Haryana, Finance Department,
6. Legal Remembrancer and Secretary to Government of Haryana, Law Member
& Legislative Department
7. Director General of Police, Haryana, Police Department, Member
8. Commissioner and Secretary, Public Relations Department, Haryana, Member
9. Chairman, Bar Council of Haryana & Punjab Member
*10. Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Gurgaon Member
*11. Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Rohtak Member
12. Member Secretary of the State Authority Member
**13. The Chairperson, Haryana State Commission for Women Member
**14. The Director, Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Backward Classes Member
**15. The Chairman, Department of Law, Kurukshetra University, Member
Note 1. The term of nominated members mentioned against serial numbers 10 and 11 shall
be for a term of two years (with effect from 28.6.2007).
Note 2. The term of nominated members mentioned against serial numbers 13, 14 and 15 shall
be for a term of two years (with effect from 10.10.2007).
Haryana State Legal Services Authority vide Notification No. MS/HSLSA/5(18)8384 dated 11.9.2007
has constituted High Court Legal Services Committee under Section 8-A of the Legal Services
Authorities Act, 1987 consisting of the following Members, namely:-
Name of post Designation
1. A sitting Judge of High Court Chairman
2. Advocate General, Punjab Member
3. Advocate General, Haryana Member
4. Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration Member
5. Chairman, Bar Council for the States of Punjab and Haryana, Member
6. President, High Court Bar Association, Chandigarh Member
7. Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court Secretary
8. Ms. Superna Malhotra, H. No. 730, Sector 8, Chandigarh Member
9. Sh. R.L. Sabharwal, H. No. 761, Sector 43-A, Chandigarh Member
10. Dr. Ramneek Sharma, H. No. 3139, Sector 28-D, Chandigarh Member
11. Dr. Balram Gupta, H. No. 252, NAC Shivalik Enclave, Member
12. Mrs. Amar Kulwant Singh, # 3175, Sector 21-D, Chandigarh Member
Note: The term of nominated Members mentioned at Serial numbers 7 to 11 shall be for a term of two
years to be compute from 2nd April, 2007
Haryana Government vide Notification No. 20/10/96-4JJ(I) dated 15.10.1997 had constituted District Legal
Services Authority under sub-section (1) of Section 9 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 consisting of
the following Members, namely:-
Sr. Name of post Designation
1. District & Sessions Judge/Senior Most Additional District & District Chairman
Judge/Senior Most Judicial Officer (as the case may be)
2. District Magistrate Member
3. Superintendent of Police Member
4. District Attorney Member
5. Chief Judicial Magistrate/Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Secretary
Haryana State Legal Services Authority vide Notification No. M.S./H.S.L.S.A./1(18) dated 18.12.1997 had
constituted Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees under Sub-Section (1) of the Section 11-A of the Legal
Services Authorities Act, 1987 consisting of the following Members ,namely:-
Sr. No. Name of post Designation
1. Senior Most Judicial Officer Chairman
2. Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) Member
3. Deputy Superintendent of Police Member
4. Civil Judge (Junior Division) Member
FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE HON'BLE PATRON-IN-CHIEF.
1. Nomination of Executive Chairman by the Governor in consultation with the Chief Justice of
High Court [Section 6(2)(b) of the Act].
2. Nomination of Members by State Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of High
Court [Section 6(2)(c) of the Act].
3. Consultation with State Government for appointment of Member Secretary [Section 6(3) of the
4. Consultation regarding constitution of District Authority [Section 9 of the Act].
5. A meeting of the State Authority shall be presided over by the Executive Chairman. In case
Patron-in-Chief is present in the meeting then he shall preside over the meeting (Sub-
Regulation 4 of Regulation 5 of Haryana State Legal Services Authority (Transaction of
Business and other Provisions) Regulations, 1998.
6. Consultation with the State Government for framing of Rules/Regulations [Section 28 of the
7. Officers and other employees as may be prescribed by State Government in consultation with
the Chief Justice of High Court [Sections 6(6) and 9(6) of the Act].
8. The Chief Justice of High Court shall appoint a Secretary to the High Court Legal Services
Committee possessing such experience and qualifications as may be prescribed by the State
Government [Section 8-A (3)].
9. 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 [Section 8-A (5)].
10. 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 [Section 8-A
Provided that the Patron-in-Chief may give such advice as he may deem necessary in
respect of any matter concerning the affairs of the State Authority.
FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE HON'BLE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN.
1. Appointment of Joint Member Secretary (Rule 8 of Haryana State Legal Services Authority
2. Provided that for an expense of more than Rs.5,000/- approval of the Executive Chairman shall
be taken (proviso of Sub-Regulation (4) of Regulation 7).
3. Executive Chairman shall be competent to take all decisions as may be required on behalf of
the State Authority (Sub-Regulation (1), of Regulation 6).
4. Legal Aid, Legal Advice or other Legal Services may be provided by the Executive Chairman to
any person directly in respect of any matter before any Court in Haryana (Sub-Regulation (2),
of Regulation 6).
5. Executive Chairman may review the cases where Legal Services have been refused by the
District Authority and Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee (Sub-Regulation (3), of
6. The Executive Authority of the State Authority shall vest in the Executive Chairman and may be
exercised through the Member Secretary who shall act under the control of the Executive
District Authority. The Executive Authority of the District Authority shall vest in its Chairman and may be
exercised through its Secretary, who shall act under the control of the Chairman.
Sub-Divisional Committee. The Executive Authority of the Sub-divisional Committee shall vest in its
Chairman and may be exercised either by himself or through such other officer, who is selected for the
Provided that the Executive Chairman may give such advice as he may deem
necessary in respect of any matter concerning the affairs of the District Authority and Sub-
Divisional Committee (Regulation 3).
FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE MEMBER SECRETARY.
(1) There shall be a Member Secretary of the State Authority in terms of Section 6 or its provision
who will be appointed by the Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Punjab &
Haryana High Court on the recommendations of the Executive Chairman of the State Authority
(Rule 5 of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority Rules, 1996).
(2) The powers and the functions of the Member Secretary of the State Authority shall be (Rule 6 of
the Haryana State Legal Services Authority Rules, 1996): -
(a) to give free legal services to the eligible and weaker sections;
(b) to work out modalities of the Legal Services and programmes approved by the State
Authority, and ensure their effective monitoring and implementation;
(c) to exercise the powers in respect of administrative, housekeeping, finance and budget
matters as Head of the Department in the State Government;
(d) to manage the properties, records and funds of the State Authority;
(e) to maintain true and proper account of the State Authority including checking and
auditing in respect thereof periodically;
(f) to prepare Annual Income and Expenditure Account and Balance-Sheet of the said
(g) to liaison with the Social Action Groups and District and Sub-Divisional Legal Services
(h) to maintain up-to-date and complete statistical information including progress made
in the implementation of various Legal Services Programmes from time to time;
(i) to process proposals for financial assistance and issue Utilisation Certificates thereof;
(j) to organize various Legal Services Programmes as approved by the State Authority
and convene Meeting/Seminars and Workshops connected with Legal Services
Programmes and preparation of Reports and follow-up action thereon;
(k) to produce video/documentary films, publicity material, literature and publications to
inform general public about the various aspects of the Legal Services Programmes;
(l) to lay stress on the resolution of Rural Disputes and to take extra measure to draw
schemes for effective and meaningful legal services for settling Rural Disputes at the
doorsteps of the rural people.
(m) to perform such of the functions as are assigned to him under the Schemes
formulated under section 4(b) of the Act; and
(n) to perform such other functions as may be expedient for efficient functioning of the
2. The Member Secretary of the State Authority shall be the whole time employee and shall hold
office for a term not exceeding five years [Rule 7(1) of the Rules].
3. The Member Secretary of the State Authority shall be the Head of the office [Rule 7(2) of the
4. In all matters like age of retirement, pay and allowances, benefits and entitlements, and
disciplinary matters, the Member Secretary shall be governed by the State Government Rules
and he shall be on deputation to the State Authority [Rule 7(3) of the Rules].
ACTIVITIES OF HARYANA STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
As per section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 read with Rule 19 of the Haryana State Legal
Services Authority Rules, 1996, the Haryana State Legal Services Authority is providing free legal services to
citizens of India.
2. Haryana State Legal Services Authority is providing free legal aid in any Court of Law upto the
Supreme Court and in any Tribunal, Revenue Court as well as all departments of government and other bodies
discharging quasi-judicial functions.
3. Haryana State Legal Services Authority is providing free legal aid in the shape of by payment of
Court fee, process fee, expenses of witnesses, preparation of the paper book, lawyers fee and all other charges
payable or incurred in connection with any legal proceeding, by the representation by legal practitioner in legal
proceedings, by supplying certified copies of judgments, orders, notes or evidence and other documents in
legal proceedings, by preparation of appeal, paper book, including printing, typing and translation of documents
in legal proceedings and by drafting of legal documents.
ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL AID
(Section 12 of the Act read with Rule 19 of the Rules).
Any citizen of India whose annual income from all sources does not exceed Rs. 50,000/-
or such higher amount as may be notified by the State government from time to time, shall be entitled to legal
services under clause (h) of Section 12 of the Act.
Every person who has to file or defend a case shall be entitled to legal services if that person is
a) a member of a scheduled caste or scheduled tribe or backward class;
b) a victim of trafficking in human beings or beggar as referred to in Article 23 of the Constitution;
c) a woman or a child;
d) to a child i.e. person who has not attained the age of 18 years or if he is under the
guardianship under the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 the age of 21 years.
e) a person with disability as defined in clause (i) of Section 2 of the Persons with Disabilities
(Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Clause (i) of
Section 2 of said Disabilities Act 1995 defines ‘Disability’ as under:
(ii) low vision;
(iv) hearing impairment;
(v) locomotor disability;
(vi) mental retardation;
(vii) mental illness;
f) a person under circumstances of undeserved want such as being a victim of a mass disaster,
ethnic violence, caste atrocity, flood, drought, earthquake or industrial disaster; or
g) an industrial workman; or
h) To a person in custody, including custody in a protective home or in a juvenile home or in a
psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home; or
i) To a person in a special case, which for reasons to the recorded, in writing is considered
otherwise deserving of legal service where the means test is not satisfied; or
j) To a person in the case where the High Court or the Supreme Court provides legal services
under any order in that case legal service would be deemed to have been provided by the
Authority/Committee in relaxation of all the conditions laid down in this rule; or
k) To a person in case of public interest litigation.quot;
l) To an ex-serviceman, and the families of such persons who have died in actionquot;
m) To riot victims, and the families of such persons as well as terrorist victims and families of such
n) To freedom fighters.
(Section 19 of the Act, Rule 28-A of the Rules read with Regulation 18 of the Regulations)
Lok Adalat is the most effective medium of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism in India
and the justice delivery system under the mechanism of Lok Adalat is simple, speedy and inexpensive. The
movement of Lok Adalat spread over due to the above mentioned features and characteristics. In fact this
system gives complete satisfaction to litigants who settle their disputes to the logical end. It keeps utmost
satisfaction total the persons involved. He may be judge of Lok Adalat, Lawyer or social worker or Counselor.
They feel complete and inner satisfaction when they can get the long drawn litigation between the parties
settled through the medium of Lok Adalat. The settlements of disputes not only provide happiness and
satisfaction but the same also appears to be effective alternative Disputes Redressal Forum. If the Lok Adalats
can share burden of regular courts to the extent of 35% of 40% justice delivery system in the country would
become for less time consuming as presently it is.
For speedy disposal of cases, Lok Adalats are being held in each district and sub-division of
Haryana after every two months as per schedule fixed by this Authority. Any person, irrespective of his own
income can request that his case be decided in the Lok Adalat. On receiving the application from any one
party, or from both the parties, the case can be taken up before the forthcoming Lok Adalat which shall attempt
to resolve the dispute by helping the parties to arrive at an amicable solution of the dispute. Once the Lok
Adalat resolves the disputes, its order shall be final. It may be noticed here that for getting resolving their cases
through the Lok Adalat, there is no limit as to the income of the applicant and the applicant may belong to any
class or may be a woman or man or child and belongs to any place but if his case is in the area where Lok
Adalat is being held, he can get his case resolved through Lok Adalat.
It is also mentioned that Section 16 of Courts Fees Act, 1870 as inserted by Code of civil Procedure
(Amendment) Act, 1999 provides that where the court refers the parties to the suit to any one of the mode of
settlement of dispute referred to in Section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908(5 of 1908) the plaintiff shall
be entitled to a certificate from the Court authorizing him to receive back from the Collector, the full amount of
the fee paid in respect of such plaint.
PERMANENT AND CONTINUOUS LOK ADALATS (SAMJHAUTA SADANS) IN THE STATE OF HARYANA
Permanent and Continuous Lok Adalats are also established by appointing retired judicial officers
in the 7 districts of Haryana and in the remaining districts and sub-divisions of Haryana serving judicial officers
are holding Permanent and Continuous Lok Adalats on rotational basis.
Sr. District/Sub- Name of Presiding Officer of Permanent Lok Adalat at Names of Members
No. Division District Head Quarters
1. Panchkula Sh. V.K. Kaushal, District & Sessions Judge (Retd.) Sh. G.L.Goyal
2. Ambala Sh. R.K. Gupta, District & Sessions Judge (Retd.) Sh. R.K. Gupta
3. Karnal Sh. M.L. Sharma, Addl. District & Sessions Judge 1.Sh. Ramesh Chander
(Retd.), 2.Ms. Santosh Yadav
4. Gurgaon Sh. Dhani Ram, Addl. District & Sessions Judge Sh. Prem Parkash
5. Hissar Shri Hari Ram, District & Sessions Judge (Retd). Ms. Nidhi
6. Rewari Shri J.B. Sharma, Addl. District & Sessions Judge Sh. Shyam Sunder Goel
7. Faridabad Sh. O.P.Singla, Addl. District & Sessions Judge Dr. Kishan Dev Goel
In compliance with the directions of National Legal Services Authority, in addition to the aforesaid functions, the
following activities are being carried out by this Authority:-
LEGAL AID COUNSEL SCHEME.
There are three schemes initiated by National Legal Services Authority where under counsel are
appointed for carrying out the provisions of the Act and Rules of 1996 framed there under, which are specified
1. Legal Aid Counsel Scheme for remand hours
2. Legal Aid Cells in Jails, and
3. Legal representation to aided persons.
1. Legal Aid Counsel Scheme for remand hours: - Legal Aid Counsel scheme for remand hours has
been introduced for representation of indigent accused during remand hours in judicial courts exercising
magisterial powers. Such Legal Aid Counsel are required to give assistance to the persons in custody for
opposing remand applications, securing orders for bail and moving such miscellaneous applications as may be
2. Legal Aid Cells in Jails: - Under this scheme, advocates have been empanelled in every district
for visiting the jail every week for collecting applications from inmates and helping them in the matter of drafting
their appeals, petitions etc. so that the jail inmates do not feel that they have no satisfactory legal assistance for
the redressal of their grievances.
3. Legal representation to aided persons: - Representation under this category by way of providing free
legal services is of two types. One is to represent the accused who is unable to engage a counsel on his own
and the other representation is by way of providing free legal services for filling or defending an aided person in
COUNSELLING AND CONCILIATION CENTRES.
Counselling and Conciliation Centres have been established in all the district headquarters in all
the District Head Quarters of Haryana for generating a spirit amongst the masses of settling their disputes
amicably through the Counselling and Conciliation Centres so that they may approach the regular courts only
when such reconciliation attempts fail. Counsellors and Conciliators can play a very important role in guiding
the poor, backward and weaker sections of the society to avoid such litigation which has no merit and in this
manner spirit of goodwill and mutual trust can be fostered by motivating them to settle their disputes through
negotiations and mediations which process should invariably be actively encouraged in all types of cases
except those of serious nature in which conciliation would be against/policy, e.g., cases involving murder, rape,
dacoity and attempts of the above referred categories of offences.
PERMANENT LOK ADALATS PERTAINING TO UTILITY SERVICES.
Haryana Government vide memo No. 20/6/2002-4JJ(I) dated 1 December, 2005 granted sanction for
establishment of four Permanent Lok Adalats pertaining to Public Utility Services at four Divisional Head
Quarters namely Ambala, Rohtak, Gurgaon and Hissar with the advise that each Lok Adalat will have
jurisdiction in the Revenue Division of its location.
Haryana State Legal Services Authority has established Permanent Lok Adalats pertaining to Public
Utility Services at Divisional Head Quarters at Ambala, Gurgaon, Hisar and Rohtak having jurisdiction in the
revenue division of its location thereof by appointing following retired District & Sessions Judge/Additional
District & Sessions Judge as Chairman and two other persons having adequate experience in Public Utility
Services as members.
LEGAL LITERACY AND LEGAL AWARENESS CAMPS.
Haryana State Legal Services Authority directed to all the District Legal Services Authorities
and Sub-divisional Legal Services Committees in the State of Haryana for organizing regular Literacy Camps in
the remote rural areas and urban slums areas with the help of retired judicial/executive officers, social workers,
Advocates, Law teachers, law students on regular basis once in a week without fail in on
Sundays and holidays so that the common man may be aware about their legal rights and avail the facilities
provided by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority.
ACCREDITATION TO NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND SOCIAL ACTION GROUPS.
Haryana State Legal Services Authority is keen to give accreditation to genuine Non-
Governmental Organizations and Social Action Groups working in the field of Legal Literacy/Legal
Awareness/Legal Aid Programmes/Pare Legal Activities etc. Any organization or group desiring accreditation
with the Haryana State Legal Services Authority may do so by furnishing the requisite information on the
proforma and the NGO after due accreditation will be eligible for being considered for grant-in-aid from the
National Legal Services Authority.
In addition to that this Authority has a website which is logged on www.hslsa.nic.in which
contains detail information about free legal services provided by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority.
OFFICERS/AUTHORITIES TO BE APPROACHED FOR BEING PROVIDED WITH FREE LEGAL SERVICES
1. Sub-Division Level Additional Civil Judge (Sr. Division)/Senior Most Judicial Officer-cum-
Chairman, Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee.
2. District Level District & Sessions Judge/Additional District & Sessions Judge-I-cum-
Chairman/Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services
3. High Court Level Executive Chairman or Member Secretary, Haryana State Legal Services
Authority, SCO No. 142-143, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh. Pin 160022.
4. Supreme Court Level Member Secretary, National Legal Services Authority, 12/11, Jamnagar
House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi- 110011.
Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, 109, Lawyers Chambers, Post
Office Wing, Supreme Court Compound, New Delhi – 110 001
LIST OF EMPLOYEES OF HEAD OFFICE.
S. No. Name of Employee Designation
1. H.S.Bhangoo Member Secretary
2. Vacant Joint Member Secretary
3. Vacant Administrative Officer
4. Sh. D.D. Vohra Superintendent-cum-
5. Vacant Deputy Superintendent
6. Sh. A.S. Rana P.A.
7. Vacant Accountant
and Sh.Ram Bahadur, Peon
15. Rohtak Sh. Vijay Singh, Clerk
16. Rewari Sh. Birender Kumar, Clerk & Sh. Aserfi
17. Sonipat Smt. Rajwanti,Clerk
18. Sirsa Sh. Shish Pal, Clerk
19. Yamuna Nagar Sh. Ravinder Kumar, Clerk
In addition to that if you want any information under Right to Information Act, 2005 relating to Legal Services
Programmes from this Authority you may approach directly to the following:
Shri D.D.Vohra, State Public Information Officer.
Shri Rishi Ram Bhatt, Assistant State Public Information Officer.
Haryana State Legal Services Authority,
SCO NO. 142-143, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh-160022.