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KELSA Legal Services

The LD Legal Services Authority, Legal Services in Lakshadweep.

The Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA) is constituted to give Legal Services to the people besides conducting Lok Adalatsand to give effect to the policies and direction of NALSA.

THE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITIES ACT, 1987 (Central Act 39 of 1987) (Act 39 of 1987, dated 11-10-1997). Amended by Legal Services Authorities (Amendment) Act, 2002, Assented on 11-6-2002).


The objective of the Act is to provide free and competent legal service to the weaker sections of the society so as to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities, and to organize Lok Adalats to secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity. The Act was enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-eighth Year of the Republic of India.


The central office of KELSA, Kerala is situated in the Kerala High Court premises, Ernakulam, headed by Hon´ble Mrs. Justice Manjula Chellur, The Ag. Chief Justice, High Court of Kerala. Following is the official array.


Officials of KELSA:
Patron in Chief
Hon'ble Mrs. Justice Manjula Chellur
The Ag. Chief Justice, High Court of Kerala

Executive Chairman
Hon'ble Mr. Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair
Judge, High Court of Kerala

Member Secretary
Sri. P. Mohanadas
District Judge 
Official website:

For further queries and information, kindly write to:
Public Information Officer under R.T.I. Act :
Smt. S. Shyja
Section Officer,
Kerala State Legal Services Authority,
Niyama Sahaya Bhavan,
High Court Compound
Ernakulam, Kochi,
Kerala State
Pin Code: 682 031

Member Secretary,
Office of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority,
Niyama Sahaya Bhavan,
High Court Compound
Ernakulam, Kochi,
Kerala State
Pin Code: 682 031

(Off): 0484-2396717 / 2395717 / 2562919
(Res): 0484-2397275 - Member Secy. & District Judge
(Mobile): 9447387151 - Member Secy.
Fax: 0484 - 2396717


24 hour mobile Legal helpline 9846700100 with the technical support of M/s Vodafone telecom service.


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The Legal Services Authorities Bill, 1987, which was passed by both the Houses of Parliament, received the assent of the President on 11th October, 1987 and soon thereafter became an Act of Parliament under the short titles "The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987" (39 of 1987).


The Act except chapter III came into force in the whole of India with effect from 9.11.1995 by Notn. No. S.O. 893(E) dated 9.11.1995. Chapter III of the Act came into force in the State of Kerala with effect from 6.2.1998 by S.O. 107 (E) dated, 6.2.1998

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