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The Ministry of Justice denounces the free Tele-Law service; Everything you need to know about it

In a bid to provide prompt legal assistance to all, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju announced on Saturday that tele-law services will be made free for all citizens.

Addressing the 18th Meeting of All India Legal Services Authorities in Jaipur on Saturday, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “Tele-Law service is made free for citizens from of this year. Notably, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Integrated Delivery of Legal Services was exchanged at the event between the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).

The MoU, according to Union Minister Rijiju, represents the common will to advance the cause of justice for all and establish the rule of law as the most compelling element that brings citizens together. According to the Department of Law and Justice, under the terms of the MoU, NALSA would dedicate 700 attorneys in each district exclusively to the Tele-Law program.

“This association will reach 1 million beneficiaries in no time”: Law Min Rijiju

According to the press release from the Ministry of Law and Justice, the 700 appointed lawyers would now also act as referent lawyers and would also contribute to strengthening the mechanism for preventing and settling disputes at the pre-litigation stage. Talking about this association of lawyers, the Minister of Justice expressed his confidence that it will help reach 1 crore beneficiaries in no time.

In his closing remarks, Justice Minister Rijiju said that access to justice has been recognized as a crucial part of the Indian Constitutional legal system. The authorities of legal services and the various government departments and agencies, he said, must work more closely together in order to accomplish, concretize and deepen the work already accomplished.

What is the Télé-Droit service?

The Ministry of Justice’s Télé-Droit initiative, launched in 2017, is a reliable and efficient e-interface and pre-litigation tool. With the help of Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) and the videoconferencing and telephone capabilities offered by Common Service Centers (CSC), which are located at the Panchayat level, it seeks to connect vulnerable and marginalized people with need legal advice with panel counsel. .

Notably, for easy and direct access, the Tele-Law mobile application (Android and IoS) was also launched by the ministry in 2021 and is currently available in 22 programmed languages. Benefiting from this digital revolution, Tele-Law has expanded the reach of legal services to 20 Lakh+ beneficiaries in just five years, according to the Ministry of Law and Justice.

It is relevant to mention here that previously Tele-Law was provided free of charge to those who were entitled to free legal assistance under section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities (LSA) Act 1987, and for “others” at a nominal charge of Rs. 30/- per consultation.