THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE LEGAL SERVICES
AUTHORITY (LOK ADALATS) REGULATIONS, 2010. Short title and commencement.—(1) These Regulations may
be called the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority(Lok Adalats) Regulations, 2010.
They shall come into force from the date of their publication
Definitions.—In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise
“Act” means the Jammu and Kashmir Legal ServicesAuthorities Act, 1997 (Act No. XXXIlI of 1997) ;
“Lok Adalats” means Lok Adalats to be organized undersection 18 of the Act ;
All other words and expressions used but not defined in theseRegulations and defined in the Jammu and Kashmir StateLegal Services Authorities Act, 1997 or the Jammu andKashmir Legal Services Authority Rules, 1998 shall havethe meanings respectively assigned to them in the said Actor rules. Procedure for organizing Lok Adalats.— (1) Lok Adalats may
be organized by the State Authority or District Authorities or High CourtLegal Services Committee or as the case may be, the Tehsil LegalServices Committee at regular intervals and such Lok Adalats shall beorganized for a definite geographical area as the aforesaid Authoritiesor Committees think fit :
Provided that, Special Lok Adalats shall be organized for all
Matrimonial cases at regular intervals.
(2) The Member-Secretary or Secretary of the High Court Legal
Services Committee or District Authority or, as the case may be, theChairman of the Tehsil Legal Services Committee may associate themembers of the legal profession, college students, social organizations,
charitable and philanthropic institutions and other similar organizationsfor organizing the Lok Adalats.
4. Intimation of the State Authority.– The Secretary of the High
Court Legal Services Committee or District Authority or Chairman ofthe Tehsil Legal Services Committee, as the case may be, shall informthe State Authority about the proposal to organise the Lok Adalat, wellbefore the date on which the Lok Adalat is proposed to be organized,and furnish the following information to the State Authority, namely :–
the place and the date on which the Lok Adalat is proposedto be organized ;
whether any of the organizations as referred to in sub-regulation (2) of regulation 3 above have agreed to associatethemselves with Lok Adalat ;
categories and nature of cases, viz. pending cases or prelitigationdisputes, proposed to be placed before the Lok Adalat ;
number of cases proposed to be brought before the Lok Adalatin each category ;
any other information relevant to the convening and organizingof the Lok Adalat.
5. Notice to parties concerned.--The Member-Secretary or Sec-
retary of the High Court Legal Services Committee or District Authorityor, as the case may be, the Chairman of the Tehsil Legal ServicesCommittee convening and organizing the Lok Adalat shall inform everyparty concerned whose case is referred to the Adalat, well in time soas to afford him an opportunity to prepare himself for the Lok Adalat :
Provided that such notice may be dispensed with, if the Court while
referring the case to the Lok Adalat fixes or informs the date and timeof the Lok Adalat in the presence of the parties or their advocates :
Provided further that if a party is not willing to refer their case
to Lok Adalat, the case may be considered on its merits by the Courtconcerned.
(a) At State Authority Level.—The Member-Secretary organizing
the Lok Adalat shall constitute benches of the Lok Adalats, each benchcomprising of one or two sitting or retired Judges of the High Courtor serving or retired Judicial Officers and anyone of the following–
a social worker of repute who is engaged in the upliftmentof the weaker sections of the people, including the ScheduledCastes, the Scheduled Tribes, women, children, rural andurban labour and interested in the implementation of legalservices schemes or programmes.
(b) At High Court Level.–The Secretary of the High Court Legal
Services Committee organizing the Lok Adalat shall constitute benchesof the Lok Adalats, each bench comprising of one or two sitting or retiredJudges of the High Court or serving or retired Judicial Officers andanyone of the following–
a social worker belonging to the category as mentioned in item(ii) of sub-para (a) above.
(c) At District Level.–The Secretary of the District Authority
organizing the Lok Adalat shall constitute benches of the Lok Adalats,each bench comprising of one or two sitting or retired Judicial Officersand any one or both of the following–
a social worker belonging to the category as mentioned in item(ii) of sub-para (a) above or a person engaged in para- legalactivities of the area, preferably a woman.
(d) At Tehsil Level.–The Chairman of the Tehsil Legal Services
Committee organizing the Lok Adalat shall constitute benches of the Lok
Adalat, each bench comprising of one or two sitting or retired JudicialOfficers and anyone or both of the following–
a social worker belonging to the category as mentioned in item(ii) of sub-para (a) above or a person engaged in para-legalactivities of the area, preferably a woman.
7. Allotment of cases to Lok Adalats.--( I) The Member-Secretary,
the Secretary of the High Court Legal Services Committee, the DistrictAuthority or Chairman of the Tehsil Legal Services Committee, as thecase may be, shall assign specific cases to each bench of the Lok Adalat.
(2) The Member-Secretary, the Secretary of the High Court Legal
Services Committee or the District Authority or Chairman of the TehsilLegal Services Committee as the case may be, may prepare a causelist for each bench of the Lok Adalat and intimate the same to allconcerned at least two days before the date of holding of the Lok Adalat.
(3) Every bench of the Lok Adalat shall make sincere efforts to
bring about a conciliated settlement in every case put before it withoutbringing about any kind of coercion, threat, undue influence, allurementor misrepresentation.
8. Holding of Lok Adalats.–Lok Adalats may be organized at such
time and place and on such days, including holidays as the StateAuthority, the High Court Legal Services Committee, the DistrictAuthority or the Tehsil Legal Services Committee, as the case may be,organizing the Lok Adalat deems appropriate.
9. Jurisdiction of Lok Adalats.–Lok Adalats shall have the power
only to help the parties to arrive at a compromise or settlement betweenthe parties to a dispute and, while so doing, it shall not issue any directionor order in respect of such dispute between the parties.
10. Reference of cases and matters.–(1) Lok Adalat shall get
jurisdiction to deal with a case only when a Court of competentjurisdiction orders the case to be referred in the manner prescribed insection 19 of the Act or under section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure,Samvat 1977.
(2) A mechanical reference of pending cases to Lok Adalat shall
be avoided and the referring Court shall, prima facie satisfy itself that
there are chances of settlement of the case through Lok Adalat and thecase is appropriate to be referred to Lok Adalat :
Provided that matters relating to divorce and criminal cases which
are not compoundable under the Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat1989 shall not be referred to Lok Adalat.
(3) In a pending case where only one of the parties had made
application to the Court for referring the case to Lok Adalat, or wherethe Court suo motto is satisfied that the case is appropriate to takecognizance by Lok Adalat, the case shall not be referred to the LokAdalat except after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard tothe parties.
11. Summoning of records and responsibility for its safe custody.–
(I) The Member-Secretary, the Secretary of the High Court Legal ServicesCommittee, the District Authority or, as the case may be, the Chairmanof the Tehsil Legal Services Committee may call for the judicial recordsof pending cases which are referred to the Lok Adalat under section19 of the Act from the Courts concerned.
(2) The officer duly authorized by the Member-Secretary, the
Secretary of the High Court Legal Services Committee, the DistrictAuthority or the Chairman of the Tehsil Legal Services Committee, asthe case may be, shall be responsible for the safe custody of recordsfrom receiving of the same from Court till they are returned.
(3) The judicial records shall be returned within ten days of the
Lok Adalat irrespective of whether or not the case is settled by the LokAdalat with an endorsement about the result of proceedings :
Provided that wherever it is appropriate, the Court concerned from
where the records are called may permit the records to be retained beyondthe period of ten days.
Every judicial authority is expected to co-operate in
transmission of the judicial records. Pre-litigation matters.–(1) In a pre-litigation matter it may
be ensured that the Court for which a Lok Adalat is organized hasterritorial jurisdiction to adjudicate in the matter.
(2) Before referring a pre-litigation matter to Lok Adalat the
Authority concerned or Committee, as the case may be, shall give areasonable hearing to the parties concerned :
Provided that the version of each party shall be obtained by the
Authority concerned or, as the case may be, the Committee for placingit before the Lok Adalat.
(3) An award based on settlement between the parties can be
challenged only on violation of procedure prescribed in section 19 ofthe Act by filing a petition under sections 103 and 104 of Constitutionof J&K. Procedure in Lok Adalats–(1) Members of Lok Adalat have
the role of statutory conciliators only and have no judicial role and they,mutatis mutandis, may follow the procedure laid down in sections 50to 59 of J&K Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1997 (Act No. XXXVof 1997).
Members of Lok Adalat shall not pressurize or coerce any
of the parties, to compromise or settle cases of matters, either directlyor indirectly.
In a Lok Adalat the members shall discuss the subject matter
with the parties for arriving at a just settlement or compromise and suchmembers of Lok Adalat shall assist the parties in an independent andimpartial manner in their attempt to reach amicable settlement of theirdispute :
Provided that if it found necessary the assistance of an independent
person or a trained mediator may also be availed by the Lok Adalat.
Members of Lok Adalat shall be guided by principles of
natural justice, equity, fair play, objectivity, giving consideration to,among other things, the rights and obligations of the parties, customand usages and the circumstances surrounding the dispute.
The Lok Adalat may conduct the proceedings in such a manner
as ·it considers appropriate taking into account the circumstances of thecase, wishes of the parties including any request by a party to the Lok
Adalat to hear oral statements, and the need for a speedy settlementof the dispute.
(6) The Lok Adalat shall not determine a reference, at its own
instance, but shall determine only on the basis of a compromise orsettlement between the parties by making an award in terms of thecompromise or settlement arrived at :
Provided that no Lok Adalat has the power to hear the parties to
adjudicate their dispute as a regular Court :
Provided further that the award of the Lok Adalat is neither a verdict
nor an opinion arrived at by any decision making process . Administrative assistance.—Administrative assistance for
facilitating Lok Adalat proceedings may be arranged by suitableinstitutions or persons engaged in providing legal services. Formulating compromise or settlements.—The Lok Adalat
may, at any stage of the proceedings, make proposal for a settlementof the dispute and such proposal need not be accompanied by a statementof the reasons therefor. Communication between Lok Adalat and parties.—A Lok
Adalat may invite the parties to meet it or may communicate with itorally or in writing and it may meet or communicate with the partiestogether or with each of them separately. The factual informationconcerning the dispute received from a party may be disclosed to theother party in order that the other party may have the opportunity topresent any explanation :
Provided that the Lok Adalat shall not disclose any information,
if one of the party desires to keep it confidential.
Each party may on its own initiative or at the invitation of
the Lok Adalat, submit suggestions for settlement of the dispute.
When it appears to the Lok Adalat that there exists elements
of a settlement which may be acceptable to the parties, the terms ofa possible settlement may be formulated by the Lok Adalat and given
to the parties for their observations and modifications, if any, suggestedby the parties can be taken into consideration and terms of a possiblesettlement may be reformulated by the Lok Adalat.
If the parties reach a compromise or settlement of the dispute,
the Lok Adalat may draw up or assist the parties in drawing up theterms of such compromise or settlement. Award.–(1) Drawing up of the award is merely an admin-
istrative act by incorporating the terms of settlement or compromiseagreed by the parties under the guidance and assistance from Lok Adalat
When both parties sign or affix their thumb impression and
the members of the Lok Adalat countersign it, it becomes an award (seea specimen at Appendix-I). Every award of the Lok Adalat shall becategorical and lucid and shall be written in Urdu or in English. It shallalso contain particulars of the case, viz. case number, name of Courtand names of parties, date of receipt, register number assigned to thecase in the permanent register (maintained as provided under Regulation22) and date of settlement. Wherever the parties are represented bycounsel, they should also be required to sign the settlement or awardbefore the members of the Lok Adalat affix their signature.
(3) In cases referred to Lok Adalat from a Court, it shall be
mentioned in the award that the plaintiff or petitioner is entitled to refundof the Court fees remitted.
(4) Where the parties are not accompanied or represented by
counsel, the members of the Lok Adalat shall also verify the identityof parties, before recording the settlement.
(5) Members of the Lok Adalat shall ensure that the parties affix
their signatures only after fully understanding the terms of settlementarrived at and recorded. The members of the Lok Adalat shall also satisfythemselves about the following before affixing their signatures–
that the terms of settlement are not unreasonable or illegalor one sided ; and
that the parties have entered into the settlementvoluntarily and not on account of any threat, coercionor undue influence.
(6) Members of the Lok Adalat should affix their signatures only
in settlement reached before them and should avoid affixing signaturesto settlement reached by the parties outside the Lok Adalat with theassistance of some third parties, to ensure that the Lok Adalats are notused by unscrupulous parties to commit fraud, forgery, etc.
(7) Lok Adalat shall not grant any bail or a divorce by mutual
(8) The original award shall form part of the judicial records
(in pre-litigation matter, the original award may be kept with the LegalServices Authority or Committee concerned) and a copy of the awardshall be given to each of the parties duly certifying them to be trueby the officer designated by the Member-Secretary or Secretary of theHigh Court Legal Services Committee or District Legal ServicesAuthority or, as the case may be, the Chairman of Tehsil Legal ServicesCommittees free of cost and the official seal of the authority concernedor Committee shall be affixed on all awards.
18. Confidentiality.–(1) The members of the Lok Adalat and the
parties shall keep confidential all matters relating to the proceedings inthe Lok Adalat and the members of the Lok Adalat shall not be compelledto disclose the matters which took place in the Lok Adalat proceedingsbefore any Court of law, except where such disclosure is necessary forpurposes of implementation and enforcement of the award.
The views expressed and discussions made by the parties
during the proceedings of Lok Adalat in respect of the possible settlementof a dispute and the proposals made by the members of Lok Adalator admission made by any party or the conduct of the parties in thecourse of the proceeding before Lok Adalat shall not be brought inevidence or made use of in other Court or arbitral proceedings.
Members of the Lok Adalat shall not record the statement
of any of the parties or record any conduct of the parties or expressany conduct of the parties or express any opinion in such a manner
as it would prejudice such party in any other proceedings before a Courtof Arbitrator.
(4) If any member of the Lok Adalat violates the confidentiality
and the ethical concerns which are akin to any other judicial proceedings,such member shall be removed from the panel of members of Lok Adalat.
19. Failure of Lok Adalat proceedings.–If a pre-litigation matter
is not settled in the Lok Adalat, the parties may be advised to resortto other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques or to approacha Court of law and in appropriate cases they may be advised aboutthe availability of legal aid.
20. Compilation of results.–At the conclusion of session of the
Lok Adalat, the officer designated by the Member-Secretary, the Secretaryof the High Court Legal Services Committee, the District Authority orthe Chairman of the Tehsil Legal Services Committee, as the case maybe, shall compile the results for submission to the State Authority inthe proforma given in Appendix-II.
21. Maintenance of panel of names of Lok Adalat members.–
The Member-Secretary or Secretary of the High Court Legal ServicesCommittee or District Authority or, as the case may be, the Chairmanof the Tehsil Legal Services Committee shall maintain a penal of namesof retired Judicial Officers, advocates and social workers to work inLok Adalats. Procedure for maintaining record of cases referred undersection 19 of the Act, or otherwise.—(1) The officer designated by theMember-Secretary, the Secretary of the High Court Legal ServicesCommittee, the District Authority or the Chairman of the Tehsil LegalServices Committee, as the case may be, shall maintain a permanentregister wherein all the cases and pre-litigation matters received by himby way of reference to the Lok Adalat shall be entered giving particulars of,—
nature of the case or pre-litigation matter ;
date of compromise or settlement and the manner inwhich the case or matter was finally disposed of ; and
A copy of the award, if passed, duly certified in manner stated
in regulation 17 shall be kept in the office of the Authority or Committee,as the case may be, as a permanent record.
Record other than the original of the awards pre-litigation Lok
Adalats may be destroyed after a period of three years from the dateof disposal of the matter by Lok Adalat.
23. Appearance of lawyers and the procedure to be followed inthe cases before Lok Adalat.–The appearance of lawyers on behalf ofthe parties at the Lok Adalat shall not be barred and an effort shallbe made to encourage the parties to be present personally. The lawyersmay be advised to avoid wearing their robs and bands during theproceedings before the Lok Adalat. BEFORE THE LOK ADALAT
under section 18 of the J&K State Legal Services Authority Act, 1997.]
No. of proceedings of the__________ Court/Authority/Committee.
The dispute between the parties having been referred for determi-
nation to the Lok Adalat and the parties having compromised/settled thecase/matter, the following award is passed in terms of the settlement :___________________________________________________________
The parties are informed that the Court fee, if any, paid by any
PROFORMA Disposal of cases in Lok Adalat
THE J&K STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
(Free and Competent Legal Services) Regulations, 2010. Short title, extent and commencement.–( 1) These regulations
may be called the J&K State Legal Services Authority (Free andCompetent Legal Services) Regulations, 2010.
(2) They shall be applicable to High Court Legal Services
Committee, District Legal Services Authorities and Tehsil Legal ServicesCommittees in the State.
(3) They shall come into force from the date of their publication
2. Definitions.–(1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise
“Act” means the Jammu and Kashmir Legal ServicesAuthorities Act, 1997 (XXXIII of 1997) ;
“Form” means a Form annexed to these regulations ;
“Front office” means a room in the Legal ServicesInstitution where legal services are made available ;
“legal practitioner” shall have the meaning assignedto it in clause (i) of section 2 of the AdvocatesAct, 1961 ;
“Legal Services Institution” means the High Court LegalServices Committee, District Legal Services Authority orthe Tehsil Legal Services Committee, as the case maybe ;
“Member-Secretary” means the Member-Secretary of theState Legal Services Authority ;
“Paralegal Volunteer” means a paralegal volunteer trainedas such by a Legal Services Institution ;
“Secretary” means the Secretary of the Legal ServicesInstitution ;
“section” means the section of the Act.
All other words and expressions used but not defined in these
regulations shall have the same meanings as assigned to them in the
3. Application for legal services.–(1) An application for legal
services may be presented preferably in Form-I, in the local language
The applicant may furnish a summary of his grievances for
which he seeks legal services, in a separate sheet along with the
An application, though not in Form-I, may also be entertained,
if reasonably explains the facts to enable the applicant to seek legal
If the applicant is illiterate or unable to give the application
on his or her own, the Legal Services Institutions may make arrangement
for helping the applicant to fill up the application form and to prepare
Oral requests for legal services may also be entertained in
the same manner as an application under sub-regulations (1) and (2).
An applicant advised by the paralegal volunteers, legal aid
clubs, legal aid clinics and voluntary social service institutions shall also
be considered for free legal services.
Requests received through e-mails and interactive on-line
facility also may be considered for free legal services after verification
of the identity of the applicant and on ensuring that he or she owns
Legal Services Institution to have a front office.–(1) All Legal
Services Institutions shall have a front office to be manned by one or
more para legal volunteers available during office hours. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––1. SLSA Notification No. 3 Dated 18-11-2011
In the case of court based legal services, panel lawyer shall
after consideration of the application, forward the same to the Committeeset under regulation 7 and for other types of legal services, the panellawyer in the front office to provide such legal services.
The panel lawyer in the front office shall render services like
drafting notices, sending replies to lawyers' notices and draftingapplications, petitions etc.
The panel lawyer in the front office may obtain secretarial
assistance from the staff of the Legal Services Institutions.
In case of urgent matters, the panel lawyer in the front office
may in consultation with the Member-Secretary or Secretary of the LegalServices Institutions provide legal assistance of appropriate nature :
Provided that the Committee set up under regulation 7 may consider
and approve the action taken by the panel lawyer in the front office. Proof of entitlement of free legal services.—(1) An affidavit
of the applicant that he falls under the categories of persons entitledto free legal services under section 12 shall ordinarily be sufficient.
The affidavit may be signed before a Judge, Magistrate,
Notary Public, Advocate, Member of Parliament, Member of either houseof State Legislature, elected representative of local bodies, GazettedOfficer, teacher of any school or college of Central Government or StateGovernment, as the case may be.
The affidavit may be prepared on plain paper and it shall
bear the seal of the person attesting it. Consequences of false or untrue details furnished by theapplicant.—The applicant shall be informed that if free legal servicesis obtained by furnishing incorrect or false information or in a fraudulentmanner, the legal services shall be stopped forthwith and that the expensesincurred by the Legal Services Institutions shall be recoverable from himor her along with a penalty of equal amount. Scrutiny and evaluation of the application for free legalservices.—(1) There shall be a Committee to scrutinise and evaluatethe application for legal services, to be constituted by the Legal ServicesInstitution at the level of Tehsil, District, High Court or State as thecase may be.
The Committee shall be constituted by the Executive Chairman
or Chairman of the Legal Services Institution and shall consist of—
the Member-Secretary or Secretary of the Legal ServicesInstitution as its Chairman and two members out ofwhom one may be a Judicial Officer preferably havingworking experience in the Legal Services Institution; and
a legal professional having at least fifteen years' standingat the Bar or Government Advocate or Public Prosecutoror Additional Public Prosecutor, as the case may be.
The tenure of the members of the Committee shall ordinarily
be two years which may be further extended for a maximum periodof one year and the Member-Secretary or Secretary of the Legal ServicesInstitution shall, however, continue as the ex officio Chairman of theCommittee.
The Committee shall scrutinise and evaluate the application
and decide whether the applicant is entitled to the legal services or notwithin a period of eight weeks from the date of receipt of the application.
If the applicant is not covered under the categories mentioned
in section 12, he or she shall be advised to seek assistance from anyother body or person rendering free legal services either voluntarily orunder any other scheme.
(6) The Legal Services Institution shall maintain a list of such
agencies, institutions or persons who have expressed willingness to renderfree legal services.
(7) Any person aggrieved by the decision or order of the Committee
may prefer appeal to the Executive Chairman or Chairman of the LegalServices Institution and the decision or order in appeal shall be final. Selection of legal practitioners as panel lawyers.—(1) Every
Legal Services Institution shall invite applications from legal practitionersfor their empanelment as panel lawyers and such applications shall beaccompanied with proof of the professional experience with specialreference to the type of cases which the applicant-legal practitioners mayprefer to be entrusted with.
The applications received under sub-regulation (l) shall be
scrutinised and selection of the panel lawyers shall be made by theExecutive Chairman or Chairman of the Legal Services Institution inconsultation with the Advocate General (for the High Court), PublicProsecutor or Additional Public Prosecutor (for the District and TehsilLevel) and the respective Presidents of the Bar Associations as the casemay be.
No legal Practitioner having less than three years' experience
While preparing the panel of lawyers the competence, integrity,
suitability and experience of such lawyers shall be taken into account.
The Executive Chairman or Chairman of the Legal Services
Institution may maintain separate panels for dealing with different typesof cases like, Civil, Criminal, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law,Labour Laws, Matrimonial Disputes etc.
The Chairman of the Legal Services Institution may, with the
prior approval of the Executive Chairman State Legal Services Authority,prepare a list of legal practitioners from among the panel lawyers tobe designated as Retainers.
The Retainer lawyers shall be selected for a period fixed by
the Executive Chairman on rotation basis or by any other methodspecified by the Executive Chairman.
Subject to availability of grants/funds, the strength of Retainer
10 in the High Court Legal Services Committee (withfive for each wing) ;
05 in the District Legal Services Authority ; and
02 in the Tehsil Legal Services Committee.
The honorarium payable to retainer lawyer shall be—
Rs. 5000/- per month in the case of High Court LegalServices Committee;
Rs. 3000/- per month in the case of District LegalServices Authority ;
Rs. 3000/- per month in the case of the Tehsil LegalServices Committee:
Provided that the honorarium specified in thissub-regulation is in addition to the honorarium or feespayable by the Legal Services Institution for each caseentrusted
clause 10 of regulation 8 shall be substituted by thefollowing :—
‘The panel lawyers designated as retainers shall devote their time
exclusively for legal aid work and shall be always available to deal withlegal aid cases. They can deal with other cases also and take up briefsin which there is no conflict of interest subject to the assurance by themthat priority will be given to the legal aid matters. They shall alwayskeep themselves available whenever called in the Front Offices and theLegal Aid Clinics in any matter which requires court based legal services. The paralegal volunteers shall be engaged to man the Front Offices andthe Legal Aid Clinics and the penal lawyers may obtain assistance fromthese paralegal volunteers, wherever necessary.”
The panel prepared under sub-regulation (2) shall be recon-
stituted after a period of three years but the cases already entrusted toany panel lawyer shall not be withdrawn from him due to reconstitutionof the panel. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––‘Substituted by Notification No. 03 dated 18-11-2011.
The Legal Services Institution shall be at liberty to withdraw
any case from a retainer during any stage of the proceedings.
If a panel lawyer is desirous of withdrawing from a case
he shall state the reasons thereof to the Member-Secretary or theSecretary and the latter may permit the panel lawyer to do so.
The panel lawyer shall not ask for or receive any fee,
remuneration or any valuable consideration in any manner, from theperson to whom he had rendered legal services under these regulations.
If the panel lawyer engaged is not performing satisfactorily
or has acted contrary to the object and spirit of the Act and theseregulations, the Legal Services Institution shall take appropriate stepsincluding withdrawal of the case from such lawyer and his removal fromthe panel. Legal services by way of legal advice, consultation, draftingand conveyancing.— The Executive Chairman or Chairman of the Legal Services Institution shall maintain a separate panel of senior lawyers, law firms, retired judicial officers, mediators, conciliators and law professors in the universities or law colleges for providing legal advice and other legal services like drafting and conveyancing.
The services of the legal aid clinics in the rural areas and
in the law colleges and universities shall also be made use of. Monitoring Committee.—(1) Every Legal Services Institution
shall set up a Monitoring Committee for close monitoring of the courtbased legal services rendered and the progress of the cases in legal aidedmatters.
The Monitoring Committee at the level of High Court shall
the Chairman of the High Court Legal ServicesCommittee ;
the Secretary of the Legal Services Institution ;
a senior Advocate to be nominated by the Patron-in-Chief of the Legal Services Institution.
(3) The Monitoring Committee for the District or Tehsil Legal
Services Institution shall be constituted by the Executive Chairman ofthe State Legal Services Authority and shall consist of–
the senior most member of the Higher Judicial Servicesposted in the District concerned, as its Chairman ;
the Secretary of the Legal Services Institution ;
a legal practitioner having more than fifteen years’experience at the local Bar to be nominated in consulta-tion with the President of the Local Bar Association :
Provided that if the Executive Chairman is satisfied thatthere is no person of any of the categories mentionedin this sub-regulation, he may constitute the MonitoringCommittee with such other persons as he may deemproper.
11.Functions of the Monitoring Committee.— (1) Whenever legal
services are provided to an applicant, the Secretary shall send the detailsin Form-II to the Monitoring Committee at the earliest.
(2) The staff of the Legal Services Institution shall provide
assistance and infrastructure to the Monitoring Committee for maintainingthe records of the day-to-day progress of the legal aided cases.
The Legal Services Institution may request the Presiding
Officer of the Court to have access to the registers maintained by thecourt for ascertaining the progress of the cases.
(4) The Monitoring Committee shall maintain a register for legal
aided cases for recording the day-to-day postings, progress of the caseand the end result (success or failure) in respect of cases for whichlegal aid is allowed and the said register shall be scrutinised by theChairman of the Committee every month.
(5) The Monitoring Committee shall keep a watch of the day-to-
day proceedings of the court by calling for reports from the panel lawyers,within such time as may be determined by the Committee.
If the progress of the case is not satisfactory, the Committee
may advise the Legal Services Institution to take appropriate steps.
12.Monitoring Committee to submit bimonthly reports.–(1) The
Monitoring Committee shall submit bimonthly reports containing itsindependent assessment on the progress of each and every legal aid caseand the performance of the panel lawyer or Retainer lawyer, to theExecutive Chairman or Chairman of the Legal Services Institution.
(2) After evaluating the reports by the Committee, the Executive
Chairman or Chairman of the Legal Services Institution shall decide thecourse of action to be taken in each case.
It shall be the duty of the Member-Secretary or Secretary of
the Legal Services Institution to place the reports of the MonitoringCommittee before the Executive Chairman or Chairman of the LegalServices Institution and to obtain orders.
13. Financial assistance.–(1) If a case for which legal aid has
been granted requires additional expenditure like payment of court fee,the fee payable to the court appointed commissions, for summoningwitnesses or documents, expenses for obtaining certified copies etc., theLegal Services Institution may take urgent steps for disbursement of therequisite amount on the advice of the panel lawyer or MonitoringCommittee.
In the case of appeal or revision the Legal Services Institution
may bear the expenses for obtaining certified copies of the judgementand case records.
14. Payment of fee to the panel lawyers.–(1) Panel lawyers shall
be paid fee in accordance with the Schedule of fee as approved underthe regulations.
(2) The State Legal Services Authority shall effect periodic revision
of the honorarium to be paid to panel lawyers for the different typesof services rendered by them in legal aid cases.
(3) As soon as the report of completion of the proceedings is
received from the panel lawyer, the Legal Services Institution shall,without any delay, pay the fees and expenses payable to panel lawyer. Special engagement of senior Advocates in appropriate cases.–(1) If the Monitoring Committee or Executive Chairman or Chairman of the Legal Services Institution is of the opinion that services of senior Advocate, though not included in the approved panel of lawyers, has to be provided in any particular case, the Legal Services Institution may engage such senior Advocate.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the regulations, the
Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority may decidethe honorarium for such senior Advocate :
Provided that special engagement of senior Advocates shall be only
in cases of great public importance and for defending cases of veryserious nature, affecting the life and liberty of the applicant.
16. Evaluation of the legal aid cases by State Legal ServicesAuthority.—( 1) The High Court Legal Services Committee and the StateLegal Services Authority shall submit copies of the bimonthly reportsof their Monitoring Committee to Patron-in-Chief.
(2) The District Legal Services Authorities and Tehsil Legal Services
Committees shall submit copies of the bimonthly reports of theirMonitoring Committee to the Executive Chairman of the State LegalServices Authority.
(3) The State Authority shall send consolidated half yearly reports
of the Monitoring Committees, indicating the success or failure of eachof the legal aided cases, to the Central Authority.
In appropriate cases, the Executive Chairman of the State
Legal Services Authority may nominate and authorise the members ofits State Authority to supervise, monitor or advice the Legal ServicesInstitution for effective and successful implementation of theseregulations. The Form of application for Legal Services
Permanent address :______________________________________
Contact address withphone no., if any :_______________________________________
Whether the applicantbelongs to the categoryof persons mentioned insection 12 of the Act :___________________________________
Monthly incomeof the applicant : ________________________________________
Whether affidavit/proof hasbeen produced in support ofincome/eligibility u/s.12of the Act :_______________________________________________
Nature of legal aid oradvise required :________________________________________
A brief statement of the case,if court based legal services isrequired :_______________________________________________
Information furnished to the Monitoring Committee about the legal services provided
Name of the LegalServices Institution :______________________________________
Legal aid applicationnumber and date on whichlegal aid was given :____________________________________
aid applicant :__________________________________________
(Civil, Criminal,ConstitutionalLaw etc.) :_____________________________________________
Name and roll numberof the lawyer assignedto the applicant
assistance like, courtfee, Advocate commission
fee, copying charges etc. has been givenin advance :____________________________________________
requires any interimorders or appointmentof commission ? : ______________________________________
Approximate expenditurefor producing records,summoning ofwitnesses etc. :__________________________________________
conclusion of the proceedingsin the court :___________________________________________
THE J&K STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY (FREE AND COMPETENT LEGAL SERVICES) REGULATIONS, 2010 THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY (LOK ADALATS) REGULATIONS, 2010
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