​​​
  1. Seeking legal aid at Supreme Court becomes easier for middle class, poor

Seeking legal aid at Supreme Court becomes easier for middle class, poor

The Supreme Court has made it easier for the people of middle and lower income groups to approach it to avail legal aid, an official said on Thursday.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2017 10:48 PM
supreme-court-pti A sum of Rs 500 shall be payable to the Supreme Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society and a stipulated fee as per the schedule attached to the scheme. (PTI)

The Supreme Court has made it easier for the people of middle and lower income groups to approach it to avail legal aid, an official said on Thursday. The Middle Income Group Scheme, introduced by the Supreme Court, is self-supporting and people whose gross income does not exceed Rs 60,000 per month or Rs 7,50,000 per annum can now avail its services, an official release here said.

A sum of Rs 500 shall be payable to the Supreme Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society and a stipulated fee as per the schedule attached to the scheme.

The release said that a case will be registered under the MIG Legal Aid Scheme and forwarded to Advocate-on-Record/Arguing Counsel/Senior Counsel on the panel for their opinion.

If Advocate-on-Record is satisfied that it is a fit case, then the society will consider that applicant is entitled to legal aid. The view expressed by Advocate-on Record will be final in determining eligibility of the applicant for obtaining the benefit under the scheme.

The person desirous of availing the benefit of scheme shall have to fill up the prescribed form.

The scheme provides for creating a contingent fund to meet miscellaneous expenditure in connection with the case and the applicant would also be required to deposit Rs 750 to the fund.

The scheme will enable people in the middle income group, who cannot afford expensive litigation in the Supreme Court, to avail services of the society at a nominal amount, the release said.

If the advocate takes a view that the case is not fit one for an appeal to the Supreme Court, then the entire amount after deducting Rs 750 towards minimum service charges of the committee shall be refunded to the applicant through cheque.

You may also like to watch this

The release said that if an advocate, who is appointed under the scheme, is found negligent in pursuing the case entrusted to him, he would be required to return the brief together with the fee which he may have received from the applicant under the scheme.

The society will not be responsible for the negligent conduct and the entire responsibility will be that of the advocate vis-a-vis the client. The name of the Advocate will, however, be struck off from the panel prepared under the scheme.

The Law Ministry release said that the Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief of the society with Attorney General its ex-officio Vice President, Solicitor General its Honorary Secretary and other senior advocates of the apex court as its members.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

  1. M
    MRINAL KANTI DEY
    Nov 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm
    please can you give me the address and phone number of 'SUPREME COURT MIDDLE INCOME GROUP LEGAL AID SOCIETY' in WESTBENGAL or how can i contact 'SUPREME COURT MIDDLE INCOME GROUP LEGAL AID SOCIETY' from Kolkata.
    Reply
    1. D
      D.KRISHNAMOHAN
      May 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm
      It is established access to justice to all.I have submitted one case SMS Message is received your Application is registered reference Diary No 1454 of 2017 on 9th February 2017.On online verification is showing different case under this Diary No or no case.what is this ? Whom to contact ? how to get correct information.
      Reply

      Go to Top