Receiving Legal Aid After Application

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Once you have submitted your application for free legal aid, the following happens1:

Step 1: Your application will be scrutinized by the relevant Legal Services Authority to determine what is to be done.


Step 2: Once the scrutiny of the application is complete, information about whether your application has been accepted/rejected will be provided to you in the following ways:

  • If the application was made in person/ physically at any Legal Services Authority: An address (either residential address or email address) for correspondence is noted and information regarding the application is sent to the same.
  • If the application is made online via the NALSA website or the online portals of the Legal Services Authorities: An application number is generated, and you can track the status of the application on the online portal itself. 


The decision on the acceptance/rejection of the application is to be decided immediately and not more than 7 days from the date of the receipt of the application. 


Step 3: Once the application is accepted, you will be given information on the assignment of the lawyer. The assigned lawyer and you will be given a letter of appointment (vakalatnama) along, and the lawyer is required to contact you immediately, or you can initiate the contact. 


  1.  FAQs, National Legal Service Authority,

    Procedure After Filing, Legal Services Management System, National Legal Service Authority, []

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How to Apply for Legal Aid?

While applying for legal aid, you will require at least proof of identification and an affidavit proving you are eligible for legal aid.

Guide on Applying for Legal Aid

The Nyaaya Guide on Applying for Legal Aid helps citizens understand how to obtain legal services free-of-cost from Legal Services Authorities in India.

What is Free Legal Aid?

Free legal aid means providing legal services, free of cost, to certain sections of the society like a beggar, differently-abled person, etc., as and when required. This does not mean that anyone can go and ask for legal aid. You have to be eligible to apply for it.

Eligibility for Legal Aid

If you want legal aid, you will need to go to a legal service authority. Once you approach the authority, they will check whether you are eligible for legal aid and the genuineness of your case.

Denial/Withdrawal of Legal Aid Services

After you fill out your application for legal aid, it can be denied or accepted. It can also be withdrawn at a later stage after the application has been accepted and legal aid has been provided.

Where do you go for Legal Aid

You can approach the State Legal Services Authorities, District Legal Services Authorities, Supreme Court Legal Services Committees and the High Court Legal Services Committees for applying for legal aid.