Prominent Supreme Court judge, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Supreme Court’s Legal Services Committee.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3A of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 (39 of 1987) read with Rule 10 of the National Legal Services Authority Rules, 1995, the Central Authority hereby nominates Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Judge, Supreme Court of India, as Chairman of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee with immediate effect and makes the following amendments in its Notification No. S.O.115(E) dated 09.02.2000,” read the notification by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice.
Justice Nariman takes over the post following the retirement of Justice Arun Mishra, who held the post since November last year. The Supreme Court Legal Services Committee is constituted for implementing the legal services programme in connection with the Supreme Court of India.
As per Section 3A of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, it is the Central Authority which has to constitute a Committee, to be called the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, for the purpose of exercising such powers and performing such functions as determined by regulations made by the Central Authority.
Following are the powers and functions of the committee as per Supreme Court Legal Services Committee Regulations, 1996:
(a) To administer and implement the legal services programme in so far as it relates to the Supreme Court of India and for this purpose take all such steps as may be necessary and to act in accordance with the directions issued by the Central Authority from time to time;
(b) To receive and scrutinize applications for legal services and to decide all questions as to the grant of or withdrawal of legal service;
(c) To maintain panels of advocates on record and of senior advocates in the Supreme Court for giving the legal advice;
(d) To decide all matters relating to payment of honorarium, costs, charges and expenses of legal services to the advocates on record and to senior advocates of the Supreme Court;
(e) To prepare and submit returns, reports and statistical information in regard to the legal services programme to the Central Authority.
As the Chairman of the Committee, Justice Nariman shall be in overall charge of administration and implementation of the programmes of the Committee; Cause the meetings of the Committee convened through the Secretary at least once in a period of three months; Preside over the meetings of the Committee; and have all the residuary powers of the Committee.
On behalf of our community, Parsi Times extends heartiest congratulations to Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman!