The Allahabad High Court on the 16th of September 2020 launched the official website for providing legal help to middle income groups at nominal fees and expenses. The website is called “Allahabad High Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society”. Individuals whose gross total income is between Rs. 6 lacs and 12 lacs per annum are eligible to avail advisory as well as representational services being offered by the Society on all kinds of matters including Civil and Corporate.
Advisory services can be availed free of cost while prescribed fees applicable in case matter is referred to Mediation.
Representational services will be offered at a predetermined token/ nominal charges. These services will include services before the Mediation and Conciliation Centre of the High Court as well as arbitration proceeding falling within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Allahabad. Further these services can be accessed via other social media platforms like WhatsApp, E-Mail, Group Chats and other electronic means. The need to travel or physically go to the Court or lawyer would be mainly with respect to getting signatures on petitions or affidavits or other legal documents. The website is available in both Hindi and English. “With the launch of the official website of the Allahabad High Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society, the Allahabad High Court seeks to forward the core values of enabling and serving those who belong to the middle income group by providing them access to convenient, competent and reliable legal aid”, the press note issued by the Society states.
The website is easy to access, user friendly and lays down the entire procedure for availing the benefits being offered by it in an easy to understand, step by step manner. The entire initiative is indeed a very innovative step towards ensuring access to legal aid to the middle class not just through website but also through other social media platforms. This is a first step to proper legal aid to the citizens. But this should further be extended to the other states and should be made a nationwide project. Ensuring that such benefits also extend to the ones who belong to the lower income groups is also necessary.
To ensure that they can also avail such benefits, the government should ensure access to education and awareness of using the internet and other facilities. Surely, the state government would ensure that in this case and may take steps for better legal access to the poor as well.
-Radhika Goenka (LC Content Writer)
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