In exercise of the powers conferred by section 28 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 (Central Act 39 of 1987), the Governor of Tamil Nadu, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court, hereby makes the following rules
1. Short Title and Commencement :- The rules may be called the High Court Legal Services Committee Rules, 1998
2. Definitions :- In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires,
(a) "Act" means the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, (Central Act 39 of 1987);
(b) "Committee" means the High Court Legal Services Committee constituted
under sub-section (1) of Section 8-A of the Act;
(c) "Government" means the State Government.
(d) "Secretary" means the Secretary to the Committee appointed under sub section (3) of section 8-A of the Act;
(e) all other words and expressions used in these rules but not defined, shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.
3. Experience and Qualifications of the Secretary :- The Secretary to the Committee shall be a person (in the cadre of District Judge Grade II)
4. Officers and other employees of the Committee :- The Committee shall have such number of class and category of Officers and other employees for rendering assistance and for carrying on its day-to-day functions, as may be sanctioned by the Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court.
5. Conditions of service and the salary and allowances of the officers and other employees of the committee:-
(1) the officers and other employees of the Committee shall be entitled to draw pay and other allowances in the scale of pay on par with equivalent posts and members of staff of the Judicial Department.
(2) The Officers and other employees of the Committee shall be governed by the rules as are applicable to persons holding equivalent posts in the Judicial Department.
(3) The Officers and other employees of the Committee shall be entitled to such other facilities, allowances and benefits as may be sanctioned by the Government from time to time.
(4) Retired persons appointed as Officers of the Committee shall be eligible only for the payment of traveling allowance and daily allowance in respect of journeys performed in connection with the work of the Committee, as may be admissible to the corresponding grade of Officers of the Government. They are also entitle to such Honorarium per month as may be fixed by the Government, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court.
6. The experience and qualifications of persons of the Lok Adalat, referred to sub-section 4 of Section 19 of the Act organised by the High Court Legal Services Committee :-
A person shall not be qualified to be included in the Lok Adalat organised by the High Court Legal Services Committee unless he is:-
a Senior Counsel or a Lawyer of standing;
a Senior Officer of the Government ;
a person of repute who is specially interested in the implementation of Legal services schemes & programmes;
an eminent social worker who is engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society; or
a medical or any other expert as deemed fit, by the State Authority.