SC makes legal services affordable

Fri 17 Feb 2017


The Supreme Court has introduced a self-supporting scheme for providing legal services to the middle and relatively lower income groups, according to the Union Law Ministry.

The “Middle Income Group Scheme” is meant to provide legal services to litigants in the Supreme Court whose gross income does not exceed Rs. 60,000 per month or Rs. 7.5 lakh per annum.

They can avail themselves of the services for a nominal amount.

The members of the governing body, to whom the management of the Society is entrusted as required under Section 2 of the Societies Registration Act, include the Chief Justice of India as patron-in-chief, the Attorney General as ex-officio vice-president, the Solicitor General as honorary secretary and other senior advocates as its members.

As per the Supreme Court guidelines, cases can be filed before it only through Advocates On Record.

“A sum of Rs. 500 shall be payable to the Supreme Court Middle Income Group (MIG) Legal Aid Society as service charges. The applicant shall have to deposit the fee indicated by the secretary, which will be in accordance with the schedule attached to the scheme,” said the Law Ministry.

[source:TheHindu]

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