On 20th April, 2017, web based initiative called ‘Pro Bono Legal services’ was launched on the website of Department of Justice by the Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics & IT, Govt. Of India by which interested lawyers can register themselves and volunteer to offer pro bono services for unprivileged litigants, who are unable to afford. Through this portal, litigants from marginalized communities can also apply for legal aid and advice from the pro bono lawyers. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also highlighted the importance of legal aid to the poor and appealed to the legal fraternity to do more pro bono work for poor, majority of whom still cannot avail legal aid.
Since its launch, the service has been encouraging response from layers nationwide and it is informed that so far 144 layers have already registered with the Pro Bono Service and served lawyers have already been assigned cases as well.
Presently, the department of Justice is in the process of developing a mobile app for the Pro Bono Service to further facilitate and broad bare communication between the registered pro bono lawyers and interested litigants.
As desired by the Department of Justice, all interested lawyers practicing before the High Court are requested to register themselves on the Department of Justice, Govt. of India portal to provide pro bono legal services to provide people belonging to marginalized communities which they otherwise do not get.
High Court of M.P.