Odisha State Legal Services Authority is a Statutory Body established under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Hon’ble Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief of the National Legal Services Authority and the Sr. Judge of the Supreme Court India is the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority. Hon’ble Chief Justice of High Court of Orissa is the Patron-in-Chief of the Orissa Legal Services Authority and the Sr. Judge of the High Court of Orissa is the Executive Chairman of the Odisha Legal Services Authority.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, the Chief Justice of India is the patron-in-Chief and now Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India, is the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi. To look after the legal services pertaining to the High Court, there is High Court Legal Services Committee, which is chaired by a sitting Judge of the High Court and the Registrar (Judicial), Orissa High Court is functioning as the Secretary of High Court Legal Services Committee. The State Legal Services Authority monitors and guides the District Legal Services Authorities and Taluk Legal Services Committees in achieving the aims and objectives of the Act. There are 30 District Legal Services Authorities in the State of Odisha and 81 Taluk Legal Services Committees functioning under them. The District Legal Services Authorities are headed by District & Sessions Judges. An officer in the cadre of Senior Civil Judge functions as the Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority. The Taluk Legal Services Committees are headed by the senior most judicial officer posted at the station as the Chairman.
The general public who need any legal help / legal aid can directly contact the concerned Taluk Legal Services Committee / District Legal Services Authority, the High Court Legal Services Committee and the State Legal Services Authority, as the case may be, for their legal needs.
Added to it, Front Offices have also been established in the premises of the District Legal Services Authority and Taluk Legal Services Committee manned by advocate retainers to offer legal advice to the beneficiaries and the general public as well and also to assist them in different Legal Services Activities.
13 Permanent Lok Adalats (PUS) have already been established for the undivided districts of Cuttack, Ganjam, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Balasore, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Mayurbhanj at Baripada, Koraput at Jeypore, Keonjhar, Puri, Kalahandi-Bhawanipatna and at Bhubaneswar for dispensing justice to the general public with regard to Public Utility Services as codified under Section 22-B of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Such Adalats are headed by a Chairperson and assisted by two other Members to decide the disputes on conciliation and or by decision of the Adalat.
ADR Centres which are to function as a judicial hub consisting of different institutions under one roof have been established at 12 places so far, namely Puri, Balangir, Koraput at Jeypore, Angul, Sonepur, Khurda at Bhubaneswar, Ganjam at Berhampur, Balasore, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Dhenkanal and Jharsuguda. Construction work of such centres in other districts are in full swing except at a few places where steps are being taken to acquire the Govt. land for construction of the centres. The above project was undertaken under the 13th Finance Commission (TFC) grants for having individual ADR Centres for every districts of the State.
Odisha State Legal Services Authority has two Mobile Vans which are utilized routinely by for making the general public in the remote areas of the State aware by show causing the activities of the Legal Services Institutions through exhibition of documentary films, teleplays etc and by deputation of Judicial Officers to make the people aware by holding awareness camps. Provision is also made for disposal of certain type of cases by holding Mobile Lok Adalats during the mobility of the van at remote areas.
The State Legal Services Authority has 15 Members which include the Hon’ble Chairman of High Court Legal Services Committee, Principal Secretaries in the Depts. of Law and Finance, Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, Advocate General, District Judges of Cuttack and Khurda at Bhubaneswar. Apart from that the State Authority has 5 nominated Members namely Hon’ble Minister, Law, Orissa, a Senior Advocate of Orissa High Court, an M.P., an M.L.A., and an eminent social worker who have experience in the field of Law, Finance, Social Service or Administration and who are engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society, including Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes, Women, Children, rural and Urban Labour and who are interested in the implementation of the Legal Service Schemes.
|Hon’ble Sri Justice Vineet Saran, Chief Justice, Orissa High Court.||Patron-in-Chief,Odisha State Legal Services Authority.|
|Hon’ble Sri Justice Indrajit Mahanty ,Judge, Orissa High Court.||Executive Chairman, Odisha State Legal Services Authority.|
|1||Hon’ble Kumari Justice Sanju Panda, Judge, Orissa High Court & Chairman, High Court Legal Services Committee, Cuttack.||Ex- Officio Member|
|2||Advocate General, Odisha||Ex- Officio Member|
|3||Principal Secretary to the Government of Odisha, Finance Department, Bhubaneswar & Member, Odisha State Legal Services Authority.||Ex- Officio Member|
|4||Principal Secretary to the Government of Odisha, Law Department, Bhubaneswar & Member, Odisha State Legal Services Authority.||Ex- Officio Member|
|5||Director General & Inspector General of Police, Odisha, Cuttack & Member, Odisha State Legal Services Authority.||Ex- Officio Member|
|6||Chairman,Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes.||Ex- Officio Member|
|7||District Judge, Cuttack||Ex- Officio Member|
|8||District Judge, Khurda at Bhhubaneswar||Ex- Officio Member|
|9||Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo, Hon’ble Minister, Law, Government of Odisha , Bhubaneswar & Member, Odisha State Legal Services Authority.||Nominated Member|
|10||Shri Balabhadra Majhi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Nabarangpur and Member,Odisha State Legal Services Authority.||Nominated Member|
|11||Shri Sashi Bhusan Behera, Hon’ble Member of Orissa Legislative Assembly, Jaydev and Member, Odisha State Legal Services Authority,||Nominated Member|
|12||Sri Prasant Kumar Khuntia, Advocate,Orissa High Court & Member, Odisha State Legal Services Authority.||Nominated Member|
|13||Prof. Aditya Kumar Mohanty, Member, Orissa State Legal Services Authority, Cuttack At- Flat No.107, OM Villa Shri Vihar, Patia, Bhubaneswar.||Nominated Member|
|14||Prof. Jayanti Jagdev, Member, Orissa State Legal Services Authority, Cuttack. At- N-3/94, IRC Village, Bhubaneswar||Nominated Member|