Article 39-A of the constitution implies duty on the state to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society with a view to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or any other disability.
The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 came into force throughout the country w.e.f. 09.11.1995. Thereafter Punjab Government constituted Punjab Legal Service Authority which came into being on 04.10.1996. Honorable Chief Justice of Punjab & Harayana High Court is the Patron-in-chief while the Honorable Judge is Executive Chairman of this Authority. Judicial officer of the rank of District Judge is the Member Secretary of the Authority. At each district and sub-divisional level, District Legal Services Authority as well as Sub-divisional Legal Service Committee have been constituted. District and Sessions Judge is the Chairman of District Legal Services Authority whereas Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) is the Chairman of Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committee.
PUNJAB STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jasbir Singh,
Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court -cum- Executive Chairman,
Punjab Legal Services Authority
Mr. Munish Singal, Member Secretary.
Additional Member Secretary
Mr. A.S.Shergill, Addl. Member Secretary
“(A) Ex-Officio members,-
(i) Chairperson, High Court Legal Services Committee;
(ii) Advocate General, Punjab;
(iii) Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Home Affairs and Justice;
(iv) Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Finance;
(v) Financial Commissioner and Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Rural Development and Panchayat;
(vi) Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Higher Education;
(vii) Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Social Security and Development of Women and Children;
(viii) Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Labour;
(ix) Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of School Education;
(x) Legal Remembrancer and Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Legal and Legislative Affairs;
(xi) Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Information and Public Relations;
(xii) Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Scheduled Castes and Backward classes;
(xiii) Director General of Police, Punjab;
(xiv) Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab;
(xv) Chairperson, State Women Commission, Punjab;
(xvi) Chairman, Punjab and Haryana Bar Council;
(xvii) President, Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association; and
(xviii) Member Secretary, Punjab Legal Services Authority.”
(B) Nominated Members of Punjab Legal Services Authority.
a. Two Chairmen of the District Authorities;
b. Five eminent Social Workers (of which at least three shall be women) who are engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society including Scheduled Castes Women, Children and rural and urban labour; and
c. One member out of the following persons, by rotation in the order given below, namely:–
i. Head of the Law Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh;
ii. Head of the Law Department, Punjabi University, Patiala;
iii. Head of the Law Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
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