Citizens’ Tele Law Mobile App
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law & Justice along with SP Baghel, MoS Law & Justice, released the Citizen’s Tele-Law Mobile App in the month of November 2021. This app connects beneficiaries directly to panel lawyers who provide legal advice.
This app was released as part of the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, which was celebrated by the Ministry of Justice from November 8th to 14th. The Department of Justice had also launched a week-long campaign to empower people through pretrial counselling, legally assert their claims, and resolve issues in a timely manner.
On this occasion, Department of Justice’s frontline functionaries were also felicitated. The minister praised about 124 frontline officials, including volunteer paralegals, panel lawyers, village-level entrepreneurs, and various state level coordinators.
About the App
The mobile app was launched with the goal of increasing access to more legal information. This app aims to allow the public to identify their problems and select the appropriate forums for dispute resolution to assert their claims. It also helps citizens determine their rights by contacting the beneficiaries directly to the panel lawyer or with the help of paralegal volunteers and village-level entrepreneurs in case the beneficiaries are illiterate.
This app provides free advice to those who are eligible for free legal assistance in accordance with Section 12 of the Legal Services Department. Others have to pay 30 rupees as a consultation fee each time.
Significance of the App
This newly launched app is a first of it’s kind providing all citizens with one-click access to a lawyer. The app was launched keeping in accordance with the obligation made constitutionally so as to ensure equal opportunity before the law. This mobile app functionality is provided in the form of instructions in all planned languages.
About Tele Law expansion
The Minister of Justice also announced that it would expand Tele Law to 75,000 grams of Panchayati as part of celebrating India’s 75 years of independence. He urged lawyers to participate in the Tele Law Movement and provide legal advice.