Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities. To substantiate it, Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 was passed, which is one of the most important social welfare legislations passed by the Indian Parliament after independence. Under the provisions of the said Act, the Legal Services Authorities at the Central and State level have been constituted

1) to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society;
2) to disseminate legal literacy among people through continuous awareness programme;
3) to organize Lok Adalats and all other legal services activities to ensure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity, and etc.