SA Bobde nominated as Chairman of NALSADate: 06 March 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated Supreme Court Judge Justice SA Bobde of as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) with effect from March 7, 2019. He will succeed Justice AK Sikri who is retiring on March 6, 2019. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi is Patron in Chief of NALSA. Justice SA Bobde will be senior most judge of Supreme Court after Justice Sikri retires.
National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)
- It is statutory body that provides free legal aid and legal services to the weaker sections of the society. It is established under Legal Services Authorities (LSA) Act, 1987.
- It aims at ensuring that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reasons of economic or other disabilities.
- It fulfils provisions under Article 39A of constitution which mandates state to provide free legal aid to poor and weaker sections of society and promote justice on basis of equal opportunity.
- As per section 3(2) of LSA Act, CJI is Patron-in-Chief of NALSA and serving or retired Judge of Supreme Court nominated by President in consultation with CJI is its Executive Chairman. As a customary practice, senior most Judge of Supreme Court is usually nominated as Executive Chairman.
- Objectives: Legally empower marginalized and excluded groups of society by providing effective legal representation, legal literacy and awareness and bridging the gap between the legally available benefits and the entitled beneficiaries.
- Strengthen system of Lok Adalats and other alternate dispute resolution mechanisms to provide for informal, quick, inexpensive and effective resolution of disputes and minimize load of adjudication on overburdened judiciary.
- Functions: Provide free legal aid in civil and criminal matters for poor and marginalised people who cannot afford services of lawyer in any court or tribunal.
- Identify specific categories of marginalised and excluded groups and formulates various schemes for implementation of legal service programmes.
- Organise Lok Adalats for amicable and speedy resolution or settlement of disputes.