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National Legal Service Authority (NALSA)

New Delhi, India
Joined May 2018

To promote an inclusive legal system in order to ensure fair and meaningful justice to the marginalized and disadvantaged sector.

Presence in: India
Focus: Generalist Legal Services

Towards fulfilling the Preambular promise of securing to all the citizens, Justice – social, economic and political, Article 39 A of the Constitution of India provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society, to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity. Articles 14 and 22(1) of the Constitution also make it obligatory for the State to ensure equality before law. In 1987, the Legal Services Authorities Act was enacted by the Parliament, which came into force on 9th November, 1995 to establish a nationwide uniform network for providing free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society.

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. The Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief and the Senior most Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India is the Executive Chairman of the Authority. Presently, NALSA is housed at 12/11, Jam Nagar House, New Delhi-110011.

Public awareness, equal opportunity and deliverable justice are the cornerstones on which the edifice of NALSA is based. The principal objective of NALSA is to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society and 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 for amicable settlement of disputes. Apart from the abovementioned, functions of NALSA include spreading legal literacy and awareness, undertaking social justice litigations etc.

People Associated With This Organization

Gopika Kanta Dutta

National Legal Service Authority (NALSA)
Joined May 2018
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Since past 15 years, I have been involved in various Social and Human Rights Activities. Through these experiences, I also acquire new skills, cultivate lasting friendships, meet challenges head-on and learn a lot about them in the process. I am enthusiastic and professional, and I believe I would fit well into the team culture. Since 2013 I am working as a Para Legal Volunteer at Sub Divisional Legal Service Committee, Dharmanagar, where I have developed my public relation skill and Legal service skill.
Gopika Kanta Dutta is the network champion (main point of contact) for National Legal Service Authority (NALSA).

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