Tele-Law 2.0

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Overview:

Recently, the Tele-Law 2.0 initiative was launched by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice.

About Tele-Law 2.0: 

  • This version entails the fusion of Tele-Law Services with Nyaya Bandhu pro bono legal services, a merger to further enhance citizen accessibility to legal aid.
  • The integration of legal guidance, support, and representation through a single registration process stands as a testament to the commitment to nurture a digitally literate and empowered populace.

 

What is Tele-Law programme?

  • This was launched by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice in 2017.
  • This is operating under the DISHA Scheme.
  • The programme connects needy and marginalised people in need of legal aid with the Panel Lawyers via video conferencing/telephonic facilities available at Common Service Centres (CSCs) situated at the panchayat level.
  • In addition, the service can also be accessed through the Tele-Law Mobile App.
  • Eligibility: Legal advice is made available to everyone under Tele-Law service. Advice is free of Cost to those who are eligible for free legal aid under Section 12 of LSA Act, 1987.
  • Legal matters in which advice can be taken through Tele-Law service include:
    • Dowry, family dispute, divorce, protection from domestic violence
    • Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, eve teasing at the workplace
    • Maintenance of women children and senior citizens
    • Rights regarding property and land
    • Equal wages for males and females
    • Maternity benefits and prevention of foeticide

 


Q1) What is pro bono legal services

In the context of legal services, "pro bono legal services" refer to legal assistance or representation provided by lawyers and law firms on a voluntary basis, without charging a fee. The primary goal of pro bono work is to ensure that individuals or groups who might not otherwise have access to legal representation are still able to receive legal help.

Source: Tele-Law 2.0 unveiled by Law Minister