Telelaw scheme has been started to provide free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the people. This concept refers to providing legal information and advice to the needy by using information and communication technology through a panel of lawyers working in State Legal Services Authority (SALSA) and Common Service Centers (CSC).
The project initiates to connect citizens with lawyers through video conferencing facilities by the Para-Legal Volunteers stationed at identified 50,000 CSCs. Under this programme smart technology of video conferencing, instant calling facilities available at the vast network of CSC.
The service is free for those who are eligible for free legal Aid as mentioned under Section 12 of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987. For all others, a nominal fee is charged. It enables to save precious time and money.
Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity. Hence ensuring legal aid to everyone is necessary for ensuring substantive equality.