Jagdish Singh Khehar appointed Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority

Nov 20, 2016 11:05 IST

The Union Government on 18 November 2016 announced the appointment of Jagdish Singh Khehar as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).

Khehar, a judge of the Supreme Court, will succeed Anil R. Dave.

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About National Legal Services Authority

The National Legal Services Authority of India was formed on 5 December 1995.

It was instituted under the authority of the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987.

Its purpose is to provide free legal services to eligible candidates and to organize Lok Adalats for speedy resolution of cases.

The key objective of NALSA is speedy disposal of cases and reducing the burden of judiciary.

The Chief Justice of India is patron-in-chief of NALSA while second senior most judge of Supreme Court of India is the Executive-Chairman.

There is a provision for similar mechanism at state and district level also headed by Chief Justice of High Courts and Chief Judges of District courts respectively.

 

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