Counselling

STATE AUTHORITY

In the State Legal Services Authority three counseling sessions are regularly conducted. Retired Judicial Officers preside over the counseling session and deal with matters relating to civil disputes.

DISTRICT AND TALUK LEVELS

All the 167 District level and Taluk level Authorities have been provided with infrastructure required for Mediation and Counselling. On all working days, a panel lawyer would sit in the office of the District Authority or the Taluk Legal Services Committee as the case may be and take all efforts to settle disputes through mediation and conciliation.

CENTRES FOR WOMEN

Centres exclusively to deal with the issues concerning women have been opened by the Authority all over Tamil Nadu and as on date, there are 52 Centres for Women functioning. In the City of Chennai alone, three Centres for Women are actively functioning. Women lawyers are posted regularly in those centres to deal with the grievances of women compassionately

MEDIATION CENTRES IN REMOTE VILLAGES

In order to further promote the concept of mediation and conciliation, the State Authority has extended its infrastructure to the remote villages also. Staff members along with panel lawyers are deputed during week ends to attend the Mediation Centre which is located either in the panchayat Board office or Block Development office in the village concerned. The applications are received from the litigant public and, if possible, they are disposed of on the spot and if immediate relief is not possible, the applications are brought to the nearest Legal Aid committee and are being processed.