Indian understanding of legal profession mostly dangles between two thick edges. One, a top notch lawyer, charging hefty amount per hearing and the second, an Umbrella, a typewriter and 50 Rupees for an affidavit. A case takes years to settle. Seeking justice in Indian court demands a price. It is not the court fee which causes burden on the litigants but it is the procedural intricacies, starting from hiring a lawyer up to giving Munshi’s their token for grace. On an average, Rs 519, is what a litigant spends a day while attending a single hearing. Rs 873, is the loss faced by the Litigants because of loss of work time or wages or business losses. Families which cannot even afford a 4 square meal a day are fighting cases for their land, cattle and what nots. With these facts, pops several question is one’s mind. What is Justice? What is the relationship between justice and the price that one has to pay for it?
the answers to these question can be very subjective but one can sufficiently presume, if (say) justice demands price then poor have no use of it! Justice is based on compassion. The concept of legal aid roughly says, opportunities shall be provided for securing justice to any citizen who by reasons of economic or other disability cannot afford it. The principle of legal aid is built on the very foundation that, everyone has the right to get appropriate legal assistance. So, the Indian legal system says, relax! Even if you are poor or by any means unable to defend yourself, the Vedic philosophy of, “ justice shall triumph” shall prevail.