Department of Legal Affairs
Dr. Brahm Avtar Agrawal
To provide perfect Indian legal standards by way of interpretation of law and facilitate legislation so that rule of law prevails in governance, conduct of business, resolution of disputes and interaction between State and individual and for helping in achieving the aspirations of the Twelth Fifth Year Plan: Faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth.
To ensure all Government Departments/Ministries/State agencies have competent legal advice available to them at the time of formulation of legislation, policies, schemes, rules, regulations etc., resolving disputes or discharging day-to-day functions so that the powerful engines of governance remain within the legal framework; To transform Government into an efficient and responsible litigant; To bring reforms in the Indian Legal System to achieve expansion, inclusion and excellence in Legal Education, the Legal Profession and legal services, including the Indian Legal Service (ILS) to respond to the unmet legal needs of society. To reform laws and to implement the National Litigation Policy to reduce arrears of cases in the courts. To develop a system towards creating legal professionals so that they can meet future challenges not only for India but also of the world both in litigation and non-litigation field and to focus on their social responsibility and strong professional ethics. To involve members of the Bar, the Judiciary and other partners in social transformation, social justice and inclusive and sustainable development. Having relisased the aspirations of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, Constaints such as enormous litigation (3.3 cr.), consequent burden on the public exchequer or on resources including man power and need to confer wide discretionary powers on government authorities, our mission is aimed to have proper legal framework to chanalise administrative power, conflict management, help inforcing rule of law & achieving the objectives set by various wings of government.
- To facilitate the functioning of Ministries and Departments for good governance by providing legal advice/opinion relating to matter referred to them as well as examination of legislative proposals
- Provide legal framework/advice for conveyancing
- To render professional legal service efficiently in the conduct of cases on behalf of Union of India in the courts and Tribunals
- To effectively administer the Acts under the purview of this Department, viz., the Advocates Act, 1961, the Notaries Act, 1952, the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 and the Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 2001.
- To undertake law reforms as per the requirement
- Strengthening mechanism for reducing litigation and settlement of disputes by Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods.
- Administration of Indian Legal Service.
- To develop a comprehensive e-governance solution for Central Agency Section and IT enabled transformation of the Department of Legal Affairs.
- Providing free legal aid to the poor.
- Efficient Functioning/of the RFD System
- Improving Internal Efficiency/responsiveness/service delivery of Ministry/Department
- Ensuring compliance to the Financial Accountability Framework
|Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry||Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies)||Success Indicator||Unit||FY 11/12||FY 12/13||FY 13/14||FY 14/15||FY 15/16|
1. Tendering Legal advice to various administrative Ministries on legal matters including interpretation of the
Constitution and various laws, conveyancing and engagement of counsel to appear on behalf of the Union
of India in the High Courts and subordinate courts where the Union of India is a party
|Various administrative Ministries/Departments of the Government of India including PMO, Cabinet Secretariat, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Rajya Sabha Secretariat and President Secretariat||Timely disposal of the references along with the required legal advice.||No.||10737|
2. Conducting litigation in Supreme Court, High Courts and various Tribunals on behalf of the Central
Government and on behalf of the Government.
|Central Agency Section, Judicial Section, Branch Secretariats/Litigations Cells of this department and the Judiciary||
Timely filing of SLPs, Writ Petitions and Counter affidavit/Replies before the Supreme Court, various High
Courts and Tribunals and defending the interest of Government of India.
3. Administration of (i) the Notaries Act, 1952 (53 of 1952), Advocates Act, 1961 and advocates Welfare
Fund Act, 2001;. (ii). National Litigation Policy; (iii). Rajiv Gandhi Advocates Training Programme
|Notary Cell, Implementation Cell and Judicial Section of this Department||(i) Filling of vacancies of Notary||No.||1000||340|
|4. Providing free legal aid to Poor.||
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to monitor and evaluate implementation of legal aid programmes and to lay down
policies and principles for making legal services available under the Act. In every State, a State Legal Services Committee has been constituted. District Legal Services Authorities and Taluka Legal Services Committees have been constituted in the Districts and most of the Talukas in order to give effect to the
policies and directions of the NALSA and to provide free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the States.
|Conduction of Lok Adalats||No.||70535|
|Appointing conusels to the poor||No.||9.14 Lakhs|