What is Tele-law service?
- Tele-law is a service that uses video conferencing facilities and telephone services to connect lawyers to litigants who need legal advice.
- This service aims to reach out to the needy, especially the marginalized and disadvantaged.
- The project connects citizens with lawyers through communications and information technology with the help of Para-Legal Volunteers stationed at identified Common Service Centers or CSCs.
Role of Para Legal Volunteer
- Para Legal Volunteer (PLV) is the first point of contact between rural citizens and lawyers providing legal aid through CSC.
- They are not lawyers, but have basic understanding of the legal process. They hear the grievances of citizens and offer appropriate support/suggestions for legal aid. They also help the citizens understand legal issues and advice given by lawyers.
- A trained PLV is available in a CSC for minimum ten days in a month under the Scheme.
- Tele Law service enables anyone to seek legal advice without wasting precious time and money.
- Legal advice is made available to everyone under Tele-Law service Advice is free of Cost to those who are eligible for free legal aid under Section 12 of Legal Services Authority Act, 1987:
- Persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe
- Victims of Trafficking
- Mentally ill and differently abled people
- Victims of natural disaster/ethnic violence
- Workers in unorganized /industrial workers
- Under trials
- People of low income group
- For all others a nominal fee of Rs INR 30/- charged for each consultation.
- The Tele-law website can be accessed at http://tele-law.in and is available in 22 official languages.
- For easy and direct access Tele- Law Mobile Application (both Android and IoS) has also been launched in 2021 and it is presently available in 22 scheduled languages.
- Legal matters in which advice can be taken through Tele-Law service :-
- Dowry, family dispute, divorce, protection from domestic violence.
- Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, eve teasing at the workplace.
- Maintenance of women, children and senior citizens.
- Rights regarding property and land.
- Equal wages for males and females.
- Maternity benefits and prevention of foeticide.
- Prohibition of child marriage, protection of children from sexual assault, prevention of child labour and implementing right to education.
- Arrest – (F.I.R)/ process of registering the First Information Report.
- Atrocities against scheduled castes/ scheduled tribes and their rehabilitation.
Why in News?
- The Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice has launched the Tele-Law 2.0 initiative.
- This version entails the fusion of Tele-Law Services with Nyaya Bandhu pro bono legal services, a merger to further enhance citizen accessibility to legal aid.
- Tele-Law services are set to be extended to all 2.65 lakh Gram Panchayats through common service centres, ensuring that even the remotest corners of the nation have access to justice.
- The overarching goal of the Tele-Law program is to touch the lives of one crore beneficiaries well before 2026.