Supreme Court judge DY Chandrachud nominated executive chairman of National Legal Services Authority

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The President of India Droupadi Murmu has nominated Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud as the next executive chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).


  • Chief Justice of India UU Lalit was the former working chairman of NALSA.
  • After the retirement of Chief Justice of India U U Lalit, Justice Chandrachud will take over as the 50th Chief Justice of India from November 2022.

  • Justice DY Chandrachud, a Supreme Court judge, has been a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and a former judge of the Bombay High Court.

  • Born in 1959, Justice DY Chandrachud was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of India on 13 May 2016.

  • He holds an LLB degree from Campus Law Center, University of Delhi, LLM from Harvard Law School, USA and a doctorate in Judicial Science.

National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) :

  • It was established in 1995 under the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987.

  • It works to monitor and review the effectiveness of programs and develop rules and principles for providing legal services under the Act.

  • It distributes funds to state legal services authorities and non-profit organizations to help them execute legal aid systems and initiatives.

Purpose of Legal Services Authorities :

  • Free Legal Aid and Advice

  • Spreading Legal Awareness

  • Organizing Lok Adalats

  • Promote settlement of disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism

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