Needs Assessment Study of Selected Legal Services Authorities

31 Dec 2012


Under the auspices of the Government of India and United Nations Development Programme project on Access to Justice for Marginalized People, a needs assessment of seven state-level Legal Services Authorities has been conducted in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The study assesses the functioning of key aspects of the Legal Services Authorities including their policy and legal framework, structure, planning and monitoring processes and technical and financial resources.

Conducted in close consultation with national partners across the seven states, the study explores the challenges in providing legal aid, raising legal awareness and establishing alternate dispute resolutions through lok adalats at the state, district and taluka levels.

Legal Services Authorities have the unique potential to rapidly expand access to justice for India’s poor and marginalized who face routine discrimination and denial of rights. Better understanding of the ways in which these institutions function is intended to help identify the steps needed to increase capacities.



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