New schemes to facilitate access to justice (22nd-April-2017)
Emphasising “digital inclusion for Digital India”, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated three welfare initiatives that would facilitate access to justice for the poor.
- Prasad launched the schemes, namely, ‘Pro-bono (in public interest) legal services’, ‘Tele-law service’ and ‘Nyaya Mitra’, which aim to connect those in need of legal aid with lawyers through use of technology.
- Under the ‘Pro-bono legal services’, lawyers can register themselves to volunteer pro-bono services for litigants who are unable to afford it.
- ‘Tele-law service’ seeks to connect litigants with lawyers through video conferencing facilities.
- Under Nyaya Mitra, a retired judicial officer, or an executive officer with judicial experience, will be put in charge of assisting those suffering due to judicial delays.