Supreme Court Legal Aid

Legal aid is available to persons whose total monthly income is less than Rs 5,000 and who are not worth Rs 75,000 apart from their wearing apparel and tools of trade and the subject matter of the proceedings.

Application in writing must be made to the court in question stating the cause of action or ground of defence or appeal, or the nature of the extra-judicial matter in respect of which the application is made.

In Civil Cases

Legal aid is available at the first instance and on appeal.

In Criminal Cases

At the first instance, legal aid is available only-

  1. in respect of certain offences under the Criminal Code namely, sections 50 to 79, 82, 83, 86, 88 to 91, 100(1), 101, 102, 104, 122 to 131, 215 to 223, 228(3) and (4), 234, 235, 236(1) and (2), 239(1), 249(1) and (4), 251, 257, 259, 276 to 281, 283, 284, 291, 346 and 347.
  2. Attempts at or complicity in the offences mentioned at (a);
  3. Offences which are –
    1. punishable by penal servitude;
    2. excluded from the jurisdiction of a District Magistrate.
Legal aid in Criminal Appeals

Any person who has a right of appeal against a conviction or order of a Magistrate under the District and Intermediate Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or the Industrial Court Act may on the day of the judgment inform the magistrate orally or in writing of his intention to appeal and apply for the grant of legal aid.

Legal aid to Minors

Every minor charged with any crime or misdemeanour is entitled to legal aid.

Payment of fees

It is an offence for any person to take or agree to take or to seek to obtain from a person to whom legal aid has been granted any fee or reward for the conduct of his business in court.

Click here to download Application Form for Legal Aid.​