‘Web Application’ launched to provide free legal services to prisoners
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 30-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 30: With a responsibility to provide legal assistance among other things to all persons in custody, National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) on Thursday launched a ‘Web Application’ for free legal services to prisoners.

The web application will also help in generating reports showing the total number of inmates, the number of inmates unrepresented, the number of inmates represented by legal services lawyers and the number of inmates represented by private lawyers.

The State Legal Services Authorities and District Legal Services Authorities shall feed the data for each individual prison inmate in the jails within their jurisdiction through this web application. The feeds will have details regarding the representation of prisoners through a counsel in the court.

The software will be able to generate reports showing the total number of inmates, the number of inmates unrepresented, a number of inmates represented by legal services lawyers and the number of inmates represented by private lawyers.

The reports can also be generated by the period of imprisonment, which will, in turn, generate information with regard to prisoners eligible for bail under Section 436-A Code of Criminal Procedure. All the above information can be generated State wise, District wise and also in respect of each jail.

The application shall make the legal services system more transparent; this application will be universally useful for all the relevant authorities to monitor the grant of legal aid to the prisoners in order to ensure that absolutely no prisoner goes unrepresented right from the first day of his production in the court.

The application was launched by Supreme Court judge and NALSA Executive Chairman Justice Dipak Misra at the conference held at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The Legal Services Management System developed through the NIC (National Informatics Centre).