What is Legal Aid?

The access to justice is a basic one under Article 4 (due process), Article 10(a) (fair trial as a fundamental rights), Article 25 (equality before the law) and Article 37(d) (inexpensive and expeditious justice) of the Constitution. Legal aid involves provision of legal, financial and other assistance for access to justice to the poor and vulnerable segments of the society, also reiterated under Legal Aid and Justice Authority Act, 2020. Legal Aid is provided free of cost by a lawyer either in an individual or organizational capacity through a legal aid firm, department or a non-governmental organization.

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