JAMMU, Apr 6: Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey has been nominated as Member for the National Legal Services Authority, the Central Authority constituted under Section 3 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
As per the notification issued by Department of Justice of Union Ministry of Law and Justice, the nomination has been made by the Central Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
This is for the first time that a Judge of the High Court from J&K has been nominated for the coveted and responsible position at the national level.
In terms of Section 4 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, the Central Authority is tasked with multifarious functions like laying down policies, principles and schemes for making legal services available under the provisions of the Act and make appropriate allocations of funds to the State and District Authorities.
Other important functions of the Central Authority include taking necessary steps by way of social justice litigation with regard to consumer protection, environmental protection and matters concerning weaker sections of the society; organizing legal aid camps, especially in rural areas, slums or labour colonies with dual purpose of educating the weaker sections of the society as well as encouraging settlement of disputes through Lok Adalats by way of negotiations, arbitration and conciliation; undertaking and promoting research in the field of legal services with special reference to the need for such services among the poor; monitoring and evaluating implementation of legal aid programmes; providing grants-in-aid for specific schemes to various voluntary social service institutions etc.