National Legal Services Authority (Free and Competent Legal Services) Amendment Regulations, 2019

Sep 23, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Ministry of Law and Justice on August 28, 2019, notifies the National Legal Services Authority (Free and Competent Legal Services) Amendment Regulations, 2019 to further amend the National Legal Services Authority (Free and Competent Legal Services) Regulations, 2010. 

The amendments made in the National Legal Services Authority (Free and Competent Legal Services) Regulations, 2010 are:-

 In Regulation 4 related to “Legal Services Institution to have a front office”, a sub-regulation (1A) has been inserted, namely:-

“(1A) The Front Offices shall act as one stop centres for legal aid seekers to receive legal aid and advice and all information about their cases and all legal services provided by the Legal Services Institutions.”

 In Regulation 8(2) related to “Selection of legal practitioners as panel lawyers”, a proviso has been inserted, namely:-

“Provided further that the size of panel should be optimised so that each lawyer can be allotted sufficient cases.”

 Regulation 8(11) has been substituted stating that the number of Retainer lawyers in the panel of each Legal Services Institution, should not exceed the minimal requirement as determined by the Executive Chairman or the Chairman, as the case may be.

This Notification shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette that is August 28, 2019.

[Notification No. F.No. L/61/10/NALSA]


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