The department seeks to improve the institutional capacities of key justice service providers to enable them to effectively serve the poor and disadvantaged. The Access to Justice initiative is being rolled out in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where interventions like legal literacy, training of Sabla girls, training of paralegal volunteers under NALSA scheme, Justice Innovation Fund, young lawyers for justice fellowship programme etc are being implemented.

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organise Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.

UNDP Partners with people at all level of society to build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP launched the "Access to Justice" initiative to enhance government interaction with citizens, focus on right to information, inclusive growth and quick and inexpensive delivery of justice with speed and affordability by strengthening legal aid and empowerment for marginalized people.

OneWorld Foundation India works in collaboration with governments, multilateral organisations, corporates and the civil society for furthering social and sustainable development. The OneWorld network uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), creates and disseminates information on development issues, and also reaches out to the people at the grassroots level through innovative communication mediums.

Access to Justice

NyayaPath is an innovative Access to Justice initiative to enable marginalised and other communities in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to use technology to access information on welfare laws, policies and schemes in local languages like Santhali and Chhattisgarhi. Read more...

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Free Legal Aid

Lok Adalat literally meaning Peoples Court has a long history in the country of solving the problems of common people. Lok Adalats have many special features and benefits and are organised by the Tehsil, District, State and Supreme Court authorities. However, it is essential that both the parties should be willing to resolve their dispute at the Lok Adalat. The decision taken by the Lok Adalat is final and cannot be challenged in any other court.

The main objective of the Lok Adalat is early settlement of disputes without charging a single penny from the parties. Except cases involving loss of life, all disputes regarding property, inheritance, adoption, and divorce by mutual consent, accident compensation, labour wages, consumer redressal, etc., can be resolved in the Lok Adalat. Read more...

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Radio Programme - Rights of Disabled

The 5th programme was broadcast on 22nd July, 2015. It features an interview with Javed Abidi, Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. He talks about the law and accessibility for disabled people. He also speaks about lack of awareness and various problems faced by the disabled in rural areas.

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